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ITAR-TASS, March 10, 2004

The YABLOKO party seeking annulment of the Duma election in 170 constituencies.

By Natalya Panshina

MOSCOW, March 10 (Itar-Tass) - Russian liberal party Yabloko has filed lawsuits to revoke the results of the voting in last December's parliamentary election in 170 constituencies out of the country's total 225, Sergei Loktionov, Yabloko's press secretary said Wednesday.

Suits have been sent to the courts of 78 territories of the Russian Federation, he said.The party found it possible to launch court motions after checking more than 14,000 protocols of the observers who had monitored the voting process at polling stations on the election day, Loktionov said.

Yabloko observers say widespread discrepancies have been found in over 2,000 protocols representing 19 percent of the total.

Given this data, the plaintiffs demand that the courts invalidate decisions of electoral commissions in the constituencies to certify the results of voting.

Loktionov said Yabloko was also preparing a lawsuit to the Russian Supreme Court.

The party functionaries claim that violations in the course of voting and vote counting encroached the people's constitutional right to free electiond.


See also:

State Duma elections 2003

ITAR-TASS, March 10, 2004

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