Roizman withdraws from election of Sverdlovsk region governor
Yekaterinburg Mayor Evgeny Roizman said he could not collect the signatures of municipal deputies, and therefore he withdrew from the election of Sverdlovsk region Governor. He said this at a press conference.
Mayor Yekaterinburg Evgeny Roizman, nominated by the Yabloko party, reported that he had withdrawn his candidacy from the governor's election as he could not pass the municipal filter. He stated this at a joint press conference with the founder of the party Grigory Yavlinsky.
“The municipal filter is impassable. I’ve encountered this problem. When I went collecting of signatures, I could no longer reach the required mathematical number,” Roizman stressed.
Earlier, the politician and a source close to him told RBC that he intended to appeal the legitimacy of the municipal filter in the Constitutional Court. Chairwoman of Yabloko Emiliya Slabunova has also repeatedly spoke against the practice of collecting signatures of local candidates. She even proposed to abandon the filter at a meeting with representatives of the presidential administration in late June.
On the eve of the press conference, in a public statement, Slabunova accused Head of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) Ella Pamfilova of “direct public pressure on the leadership of the Sverdlovsk region’s election commission.” The purpose of this pressure is to prevent Roizman from taking part in the elections, the statement said. In response, Pamfilova told RBC that she felt awkward reading criticism of herself from the party that “has always advocated a law-based state, and was too dismissive about the procedure for nomination and did not listen to the benevolent and timely recommendations.”
The CEC chairwoman has repeatedly said that there had been violations in Roizman's nomination for elections. Her criticism concerned the fact that the politician was nominated by the federal bureau of Yabloko, although, according to the regional election commission, such a decision could have been made only at the congress or conference of the party’s regional branch. Roizman himself has repeatedly told RBC that he attributes the claims to CEC’s reluctance to admit him to the election.
The politician’s nomination for gubernatorial elections was accompanied by conflicts in the party. Thus, it was initially planned that he would be nominated by the Sverdlovsk branch of Yabloko on June 19. But a few days before that, Head of the local branch of the party Yuri Pereverzev told that he had resigned from office, renounced his membership in the party, and refused to participate in the nomination of a candidate. According to him, this was his reaction to the pressure that was exerted on him by the federal leadership of Yabloko.
Because of this, the nomination was delayed for several days and took place as late as June 21, in Moscow, at the congress of the federal bureaucracy. After that, Roizman began collecting signatures of municipal candidates, required for nomination for election. By July 17, in his own words, he collected about two-thirds of the required number of votes. In total, he needed to collect from 126 to 132 signatures to register as a candidate.
Earlier, RBC’s sources reported that shortly before his nomination, heads of municipalities of the Sverdlovsk region had launched an emergency campaign against him. They forced most of the municipal deputies to vote for six other candidates participating in the elections of the regional governors, including the current Acting Head of the region Evgeny Kuyvashev.
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