Moscow: Before the presidential elections in Russia, great news is coming for Putin. The candidacy of a candidate who announced to contest the presidential election against Putin and appealed for peace in the Ukraine war has been canceled. The Election Commission of Russia has barred a political leader who opposed Moscow’s military action in Ukraine from running in the upcoming presidential election. Permission to fight was refused on Thursday. This has largely cleared the way for Putin to become President for another term.
Boris Nadezhdin, 60, a local representative from a city near Moscow, needed to collect at least one lakh signatures in support of his candidacy. The Central Election Commission declared more than 9,000 signatures submitted by his election campaign management invalid, enough to disqualify him. According to Russia’s election rules, no more than five percent of the signatures submitted by a potential candidate must be invalid. Nadezhdin had appealed to stop the Russia-Ukraine war and start negotiations with the West.
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Boris Nadezhdin, speaking to the electoral commission on Thursday, urged election officials to postpone the decision, but they refused to do so. Nadezhdin said he would challenge his disqualification in court. “I am not the only one standing here,” he said. Thousands of Russian citizens who signed for me stand with me.” The presidential election is to be held on March 15-17. There is every possibility of President Vladimir Putin’s re-election due to his strong hold on the political system of Russia. (AP)
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