Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Russian election

Review the rules for the election of governors. Why was this one so complicated?

Kremlin-backed candidate wins Far East election rerun
A Kremlin-backed candidate won a key governorship poll in Russia's Far East, but experts questioned its legitimacy after a popular opposition figure was not allowed to run.

Acting governor Oleg Kozhemyako sailed to victory in the gubernatorial poll in the Primorsky Krai region, taking 61.88 percent of the vote, final results showed on Monday.

His closest rival, Andrei Andreichenko of the nationalist LDPR [Liberal Democratic Party of Russia] party, took 25 percent.

The election was a rerun after protests over vote-rigging allegations in September led Moscow to order a fresh poll, the first such case in modern Russia.

A popular opposition candidate, the Communist Party's Andrei Ishchenko, was not allowed to stand after authorities said he had not received enough of the required signatures from local legislators…

Independent election observers and political analysts questioned the legitimacy of the vote given the absence of Ishchenko.

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