Moscow Duma approved the transition to a majority system of elections
The deputies of the Moscow city Duma approved in the first reading the transition to elections to the city Parliament only in single-mandate constituencies. Against the bill were only the Communist faction, says RIA Novosti.
"We find that it (the bill) is focused only on retaining power by the party of power," said the head of the Communist faction Andrei Klychkov.
Adherents of the faction "United Russia", which in the Moscow city Duma, 32 out of 35 seats, reported that the proposed configuration is focused on further democratization of the election in the city of Moscow". "We return to the electoral system, which we previously elected 3 composition of the Moscow city Duma," added faction member Tatyana Portnova.
In the capital the electoral code also proposed to add a configuration that affect the order of formation of territorial and precinct election commissions. These commissions will have at least one second to consist of candidates proposed by parties represented in the State Duma. At the moment this criterion also applies to candidates from parties represented in the Moscow city Duma, but it loses value when the proposed waiver of the mixed system of elections.
Completely to elect their own city parliaments in single-mandate constituencies Moscow and Petersburg were allowed adopted in autumn 2013 amendments to the Federal electoral legislation. The remaining regions are obliged to choose on party lists at least a quarter of their own parliaments.
Subsequent elections to the Moscow city Duma of the sixth convocation will be held on September 14, 2014, and the number of deputies will be increased from 35 to 45.