There is growing trend among Russians to vote against all candidates at elections.
For example, in the recent elections of Vladivostok mayor, almost 10% of votes were given against all the candidates. The result of the “candidate “against all” was the fourth after Nikolaev, Cherepkov, Kopylov.
The Head of Russian Central Election Committee Alexander Veshnyakov (on the photo) criticized the elections of mayor in Vladivostok.
”This election campaign demonstrates the crisis of the authorities who are unable to settle the crisis in democratic manner”, said Mr. Veshnyakov.
The Head of the Central Election Committee said that the verdict of Vladivostok Leninsky District Court to cancel the registration of mayor candidate Victor Cherepkov is the “abuse of legislative authorities”.
Meanwhile, lately Victor Cherepkov was wounded in assassination attempt on him.
According to Mr. Veshnyakov, the voters can take offence with this court verdict and frustrate the elections. If the majority of Vladivostok residents vote against all, the election campaign in this city will have to be started anew.
The elections can really be frustrated after the acting mayor and candidate for this campaign Yury Kopylov withdrew from the election campaign and called it the “farce where the winner is known in advance”. He called people to vote “against all”.
Yury Kopylov withdrew from the campaign after the court dismissed Victor Cherepkov.