Pre-election struggle for a post of the head of Kuzbass continue six candidates

© RIA Novosti / B. Korobeynikova in photobacteria area. Archival photoPre-election struggle for a post of the head of Kuzbass continue six candidates© RIA Novosti / B. Korobeynikova the image Bank

Six candidates from political parties applied for registration to participate in the early elections of the Governor of the Kemerovo region on 9 September, four more dropped out of the fight, told RIA Novosti the representative of the regional electoral Commission.

«Today was the last day of submission of previously nominated candidates in the gubernatorial election for the subsequent registration. At the stage of nomination, there were 10 candidates, the registration documents filed six of them, all of them nominated from the political parties», — said the Agency interlocutor.

As previously reported, to participate in the gubernatorial election, candidates need to pass the «municipal filter»: to enlist the support of 208 deputies and elected heads of cities and districts. In addition, self-nominated candidates had to provide the electoral Commission at least 10 153 signatures of voters.

In the end the documents to the electoral Commission was filed by the Secretary of the Kemerovo regional Committee of the Communist party Vladimir Karpov, the Commissioner for the protection of the rights of entrepreneurs in the region Helena Question («Party of Growth»), the Chairman of the Council of regional branch «Fair Russia», Deputy of the city Council of Novokuznetsk Tatiana Protasov, the Deputy of the Kemerovo city Council Yuri Skvortsov («Patriots of Russia»), member of the Council of people’s deputies Igor Ukrainians (LDPR) and acting Governor of Kuzbass Sergey Tsivilev («United Russia»). «Now the election Commission will check the applicants documents. The decision on candidate registration or refusal to register has until August 8, inclusive,» — said the representative of the Commission.

Thus, from the electoral race left four: the businesswoman from Moscow Ekaterina Guryanova («Party of social reform — the income from natural resources to the people») and three independent candidates: former Deputy Governor for construction, Edward Balaban, retired from Novokuznetsk Viktor Smirnov and individual businessman from Kemerovo Elena Shcheklein. Just a single day of voting in the Kuzbass will host more than 20 electoral campaigns of different levels. Will be distributed 480 Deputy mandates, including the new composition of the regional Parliament, will also have to choose the mayor of Novokuznetsk.

Elections of the head of Kuzbass was held in 2020, following the expiry of the powers of Aman Tuleyev, who led the region for over 20 years. However, on 1 April, he prematurely left the post after a major fire in the shopping center «Winter cherry», which killed 60 people. The acting Governor was appointed Sergei Tsivilev, a month before it arrived in Kuzbass on the position of Deputy head of the region for industry, transport and consumer market. Under Federal law, the regional Council has appointed early election on the next uniform day of voting — on September 9.