Mayor of Yekaterinburg Yevgeny Roizman, nominated for “Apple” on elections of the Governor of the Sverdlovsk region, announced at a press conference in Agency “Rosbalt” that he could not pass the municipal filter, withdrew his candidacy and called for a boycott of the elections.

“Municipal filter impassable. I am faced with this. When I went out to collect signatures, there was no mathematical number to the desired” – quoted Roizman RBC.

As notes “Interfax”, Roizman did not specify how many managed to collect signatures. On July 6 he had 39 signatures of the required 126 for the municipal filter in the Sverdlovsk region. On July 12, according to the Chairman of the “Yabloko” Emilia Kabanovoy, signatures became 45.

“Rosbalt” reports that Roizman called the election illegitimate and called for respecting the voters not to take part in them.

“These elections without my participation in Sverdlovsk region is not real. You can call whatever you like: RPG, show weevils – as you like,” said Roizman.

He considers that the municipal filter” disrespectful to the citizens.” “It’s cutting off citizens from the electoral process because decide not citizens”, – said the mayor of Yekaterinburg.

He added that the heads of all cities except Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Tagil, was appointed Governor, but because, in his opinion, depend on it directly. The boycott, he said, remains in force until the abolition of the municipal filter.

The Sverdlovsk election boycott supported Yavlinsky and Navalny

Present at the press conference the Chairman of the Federal political Committee of the party “Yabloko” Grigory Yavlinsky said that he supports the position Roizman and also urging people not to participate in elections “in cases when the municipal filter is used as a restraining mechanism.” “Strictly speaking, the mechanism of usurpation of power. This usurpation takes place in the Duma elections, in the elections of heads of regions”, – he said.

Apparently, the boycott was supported by the opposition leader Alexei Navalny. “Why the hell would we need such elections? This is not an election, and Linden,” he said a press conference Roizman on his page in Facebook.

Earlier Roizman and close to him, a source told RBC that he was going to challenge the legitimacy of the municipal filter in the constitutional court. Meanwhile at the conference, according to “Interfax”, the mayor of Yekaterinburg, said that the decision to appeal to the constitutional court to challenge the municipal filter has not yet been made.

“We will make a decision and articulate it. But now to appeal to the constitutional court – it’s the same thing again to get to play with the gambler may be lucky. The feeling we all have,” – said Roizman.

The Chairman of the “Yabloko” Emilia Slabunov before accused the head of the CEC Ella Pamfilova that it “has a direct public pressure on the leadership of the electoral Commission of the Sverdlovsk region”, which aims to prevent Roizman before the election.

Pamfilova said that she found it awkward to read criticism of the party, which “has always advocated the rule of law and so having ignored the nomination and did not listen to friendly and timely recommendations.”

The decision was not a surprise. Sources in the Kremlin saidthat the CEC there are two reason not to let Roizman on elections of the municipal filter and a violation if the nomination of the Federal Bureau of the party, which previously suspended the activities of the governing bodies of the Sverdlovsk branch. The reason was the fear that he will win the election the incumbent Governor Yevgeny Kuyvasheva.

Roizman himself admitted that he was not allowed, but was hoping for a check because “it’s Russia, everything is possible.” Previously from participation in elections it tried to dissuade the Plenipotentiary representative of RF President in the Urals Federal district Igor Kholmanskikh.

The mayor of Yekaterinburg and Chairman of the city Duma announced his intention to nominate his candidacy for the Governor’s office on April 17. Earlier in the day Putin signed a decree on the resignation of Sverdlovsk region Yevgeny Kuyvashev from his post as head of the region and appointed him as acting Governor until elections, to be held in a single voting day on September 10.

Roizman refused to participate in elections of the Governor and urged them to boycott. He was supported by Yavlinsky and Navalny 18.07.2017

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