PARNASSUS demanded the Supreme court overturn the results of the Duma elections

PARNASSUS demanded the Supreme court overturn the results of the Duma elections

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Campaigning PARNASSUS. August 2016

Photo: Michael Pochuev/TASS

PARNAS filed a lawsuit in the Supreme court demanding to cancel results of elections to the state Duma because of the shortcomings of the CEC in establishing the results, according to a press release from the party

“People’s freedom party” (PARNAS) was filed in the Supreme court against the CEC with the requirement to cancel results of elections in the state Duma, held on September 18. About it reported in a press release, received by RBC.

The party believes that grounds for cancellation of the elections are the omissions of the CEC in the establishment of the election results. In PARNAS argue that the CEC approved the election results, not by checking on complaints of violations, not considered the question of the counting of votes, where the reliability of the outcome was questioned. Also in PARNASSUS are confident that the CEC misinterpreted his powers, ruling he was not entitled to conduct a recount.

“According to “people’s freedom Party”, these violations in the aggregate has not allowed the Central election Commission to determine the real will of the voters in the last election,” — said in a press release.

In court, the party intends to request that the CEC provided the documents related to the establishment of results of elections to the Duma. PARNAS also wants to interrogate as witnesses the members of the Commission.

The lawsuit was filed in the Supreme court the last day of the legally stipulated three-month period from the date of publication of the results in the Bulletin of the CEC of Russia.

The chair of PARNAS Mikhail Kasyanov is sure that the claims put forward by the party are justified. “We believe that the Central election Commission has not taken sufficient measures to address all charged the various political parties and members of the election complaints,” — said Kasyanov. According to him, the CEC violated the law and the party will seek “review and recognition of the rightness of our claims.”

According to political analyst Alexei Makarkin, this initiative has “no chance”. The expert is confident that this is an opportunity to remind myself and to provide a PR party. “PARNASSUS very badly in the elections, plus internal conflict in the party. They need a reason to talk about them not in the context of this conflict,” said Makarkin. Contesting the results, said the analyst, is “the classic way” to explain the failure of the party in the elections.

Duma elections were held on 18 September 2016 in a single day of voting. They were held under a mixed system: 225 deputies were elected by party lists and another 225 in single-mandate constituencies. The elections were won by “United Russia”, receiving 54.2 per cent of votes. On 29 November the Supreme court refused to recognize the elections as illegitimate and cancel the CEC approved the results. A lawsuit was filed in court by the party “Yabloko”.