Municipal Election Commission: Gendarme or Assistant?
The MEC of Novokuznetsk has registered the party lists of United Russia and the LDPR for the proportional elections in the City Council on December 4th. The MEC also refused the part lists of Pravoye Delo (Right Cause) and the Communist Party.
Representative from both Just Cause and the KPRF both agreed that the Municipal Commission treated them differently than other parties. It is alleged United Russia is greeted informally and with enthusiasm, while their dealings with other parties were strictly business. One reason for LDPR being accepted they argue is because their lawyers were familiar with the “dangerous parts” of the registration process which can be reason for rejection. KPRF and Right Cause were, however, less experienced.