Russia's election commission gives Boris Nadezhdin go-ahead to collect signatures for candidacy

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has cleared politician Boris Nadezhdin to open an electoral account and start collecting the signatures required to compete in next year’s presidential election, he announced on his Telegram channel Thursday.

“The CEC has cleared me to open an electoral account. We will start collecting signatures soon,” he wrote.

Photo: Boris Nadezhdin/Telegram

Photo: Boris Nadezhdin/Telegram

Nadezhdin was nominated to run in the presidential election by the Civil Initiative party. He now needs to collect 100,000 voter signatures.

The CEC unanimously voted to reject the candidacy of another presidential hopeful, Yekaterina Duntsova, on 23 December, citing her failure to establish an electoral association. She appealed the decision but the Supreme Court rejected her claim. Duntsova said that if the CEC registered Nadezhdin, her team would be ready to assist him in collecting signatures.

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