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Sergei Mitrokhin in the State Duma: a new law on political parties can not be considered as a victory of common sense until formation of electoral blocs is permitted

Press Release

March 23, 2012



The new law on political parties can not be considered a victory of common sense as long as the electoral law bans creation of electoral blocs. This statement was made by YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin at the hearings of the State Duma. It was the third and final reading of the draft law on liberalization of establishment of political parties.

"What victory of a common sense can we speak about if voters get their ballots with dozens or maybe hundreds of pages innumerating the names of political parties, or when the voter sees unstructured political area and a register of absolutely unknown names of political parties? Mitrokhin asked deputies of the Duma.

According to Mitrokhin, if the parties are not allowed to make electoral blocs, they will simply disperse the votes, and "a huge number of voters will remain turn out below a 5 per cent threashold to the Duma, and thus will get no representation in the parliament.

"This will lead to such a situation when mutual alienation of the government and the society, the signs of which has been already seen in our country, will get an additional boost. All this can have dramatic consequences for our state," Mitrokhin warned the deputies.

Sergei Mitrokhin also noted that YABLOKOs proposals on elimination of the ban of creation of blocs had been supported by the Communists, the Just Russia party and all of the so-called non-systemic opposition. The Working Group under the President of Russia, which had been founded on YABLOKOs initiative managed to reach a consensus.

Mitrokhin also added that other achievements of the working group were the requirement that the names of new political parties should not incorporate the names of existing parties, as well as their abbreviations, simplification of financial reporting, accelerated adoption of a law allowing to new parties to participate in the autumn regional elections, comfortable conditions for those parties that could not at once properly execute their documents for registration.


See also:

Law on political parties





Press Release

March 23, 2012

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