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Elections in Petersburg

to Bribe voters it is possible
  Elections in Petersburg

to Bribe voters it is possible

the Petersburg electoral committee is powerless
Yesterday the chairman of electoral committee of St.-Petersburg Alexander Garusov has summed up the first round of elections in city Legislative Assembly. Elections are recognised 50 districts which have taken place in all. Thus candidates who, according to electoral committee, bought votes, seemingly, remain unpunished. According to Garusova, the electoral committee cannot do anything with them, and the Municipal Department of Internal Affairs and Office of Public Prosecutor - do not want.

In the second round for 44 deputy mandates 23 representatives " will combat; the Apple 18 members of the block of Yury Boldyreva, ten representatives of movement Communists of Leningrad four candidates from the block the Consent - incorporated democrats and also about 40 candidates who have been put forward by voters. On one candidate have spent in ZS some little-known parties and movements.
on an insisting of the Central Electoral Committee the municipal electoral committee is going to take out the prevention to the vice-president of Audit Chamber Yury Boldyrevu - for pre-election campaign which it had no right to conduct, being the official. And supported the Apple vitse - governor Igor Artemyev such prevention has already received the first.
predictably, the candidates who have withdrawn in the first round, began to challenge results of elections. Yesterday the first claim to Office of Public Prosecutor was submitted by the leader Communists of Leningrad Yury Terentyev. He has informed that on the eve of elections in its district in a mass order leaflets ostensibly with article from " extended; the Moscow member of the Komsomol . As them affirmed that Terentyev has received money for election campaign from Michael Mirilashvili`s local authority, or Mishi Kutaisi. Communists wanted to bring an action against the newspaper, but, having found out that in the Moscow member of the Komsomol such article never was, have demanded from electoral committee and Office of Public Prosecutor to cancel results of elections in 13 - m district as their outcome has affected a false propaganda material .
However, according to preelectoral committee Garusova to achieve the recognition of elections illegal in any separate district - obviously unpromising business. At least, till now precedents was not. Even more difficult with payoff of voters. According to electoral committee, voices of townspeople bought as for money (from 15 to 560 rbl.) And for tickets at cinema, grocery sets, medical consultations and etc. As payoff of voters penal (item 141 UK provides for it till 6 years of imprisonment), the municipal electoral committee believes what to make investigation the Office of Public Prosecutor and the Municipal Department of Internal Affairs should. Representatives of municipal electoral committee directed materials to these bodies repeatedly, but invariably received the answer that such infringements - the electoral committee competence. However at the last, according to Garusova, is not present either the rights, or possibilities to struggle with payoff of voters. And the Duma commission working in Petersburg promises to understand a situation not earlier than March. By this time buyers of voices can already become deputies.

SERGEY - SLJUSARENKO, St.-Petersburg