Expert: candidates in the period of collecting signatures almost never used visual propaganda

MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS./ Candidates for the post of President of the Russian Federation, elections will be held March 18, hardly used visual propaganda in the first phase of the campaign, while collecting signatures advertising the number of applicants was not in any of the regions of Russia. To such conclusion the expert of the Committee of civil initiatives (CGI) Alexander Kynev, a report which examined the TASS.

CEC 8 February completed the registration of candidates for presidential elections. According to its results for the highest office fighting eight candidates: Sergey Baburin (“Russian national Union”), Pavel Grudinin (KPRF), Vladimir Zhirinovsky (LDPR), Vladimir Putin (self), Ksenia Sobchak (“Civil initiative”), Maxim suraykin (“Communists of Russia”), Boris Titov (Batch growth) and Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko).

Kanev in his report draws attention to “the almost complete absence of public political advertising in the first stage of the campaign.” At the same time, the expert reminds, for candidates campaign period begins when nomination and only official campaigning in the media begins 28 days before election, that is from 17 Feb.

“Dedicated to the election materials de facto are present only in the media as part of their coverage of election campaign and political online resources, as well as in social networks,” – says the author of the report, noting that often the media contains “indirect campaigning under the guise of lighting professional activities of the candidate”.

“Actually printed campaign materials the headquarters of the candidates actually released (even in the course of collection of signatures of the candidates was distributing materials about themselves, which is a unique case), there is almost no outdoor political advertising”, – says the expert OIG.

According to Kanev, the printing materials (booklets, brochures, leaflets) at the beginning of February “are completely absent even in the headquarters of public support for Putin” and “to a very limited extent” are in the headquarters Grudinina, on the basis of existing branches of the Communist party. Campaign Sobchak on its website and during its travel uses a single visual style, “however, the same cannot be said about the design of its headquarters”, the author notes.

According to the expert, only at the end of January appeared a few billboards in support of Putin. “Campaigning for other candidates (including Yavlinsky, Suraykin and Baburin) in General, none of the regions could not be found”, – the report says.

In addition, Kynev points out the “virtual absence even in the few released the promotional materials of the regional component”. “All the candidates of a single material for the whole country, without reference to the specific problems of the territory,” he writes.

How were the first phase of the campaign

The nomination of candidates for election of the President became possible for the party congresses and meetings of groups of voters from December 18, when the official election campaign started. The Central election Commission completed the reception of documents for the nomination of independent candidates on 7 January, the party’s candidates is January 12. Within five days after receiving the documents, the CEC allowed the candidate to collect signatures or would turn him down.

All documents for nomination to the CEC passed 36 people, with two candidates – Irina Volynets and Natalia Lisitsyna – twice. The CEC took positive decisions in respect of 19 candidates, but subsequently the candidate of the Social democratic party of Russia Sirazhdin Ramazanov withdrew his candidacy, and the independent candidate Alexander Chukhlebov barred from participating in elections, the Supreme court of the Russian Federation for foreign residence permit.

Candidates from parliamentary parties Pavel Grudinin (CPRF) and Vladimir Zhirinovsky (LDPR) are exempted from collecting signatures and quickly checked in.

To donate signatures and the documents for registration of candidates until January 31. Candidates from non-parliamentary parties had to submit to the CEC no less than 100 thousand and not more than 105 thousand signatures, independent candidates – not less than 300 thousand and not more than 315 thousand

Passed signature six candidates: Vladimir Putin, Grigory Yavlinsky, Boris Titov, Sergei Baburin, Ksenia Sobchak and Maxim suraykin. They all successfully passed the authentication of signatures and was registered.