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Saturday, May 21, 2005


Duma approves Putin's electoral reforms

From MosNews.com:

The lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, has approved new amendments to the laws on elections brought in by President Vladimir Putin.

According to those amendments, political parties will play a bigger role in elections at all levels. The creation of electoral alliances between several parties will now be outlawed.

A Duma member may now lose his mandate if he or she changes political faction. If the Supreme Court rules that a deputy has failed to fulfill his or her duties, his or her powers will be removed.

A candidate for deputy or a party can be banned from registering for an election if five percent of the signatures in their registration lists are found to be false; the number used to be 25 percent.

The threshold for a party to reach the Duma will be seven percent of the vote, an increase from the current five percent.

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