First stage of Russia's presidential elections 2018 finished

First stage of Russia's presidential elections 2018 finished

Russia's Central Election Commission has finished receiving documents from independent candidates today.

Fifteen independent applicants intended to participate in presidential elections in Russia, filed documents with Russia’s Central Election Commission, while 46 potential candidates initially claimed they would participate in the elections, according to the website of the Central Election Commission’s press service.

"Since the beginning of the presidential campaign, the Russian Central Election Commission received 46 notifications from citizens who decided to run in Russian presidential election independently, while only fifteen such candidates submitted their applications for consideration," the Commission said.

Representatives from fourteen political parties have been registered by the Central Election Commission: Vladimir Zhirinovsky (the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia), Roman Khudyakov (Chestno), Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko Party), Boris Titov (the Party of Growth), Ksenia Sobchak (the Civil Initiative party), Pavel Grudinin (the Communist Party of Russia), Elvira Agurbash (the Green Alliance party), Sergei Baburin (the Russian All-People Union party), Yekaterina Gordon (the Party of Good Deeds), Anton Bakov ( the Monarchist Party), Stanislav Polishchuk (the Party of Social Reform), Mikhail Kozlov (the Party of Social Security), Maxim Suraikin (Communists of Russia), Natalya Lisitsyna (Russian United Labour Front).

Vladimir Putin submitted documents to the CEC for his nomination in the 2018 presidential election on December 27, 2017.

Self-nominated candidates must collect at least 300,000 signatures of voters on order to be registered, at least 7,500 signatures in each Russian region. Candidates from non-parliamentary parties require 100,000 signatures, candidates from parliamentary parties do not have to collect signatures.

The stage of registering candidates began on December 27, 2017. The Russian presidential election will be held on March 18, 2018. According to the campaign schedule, candidates nominated by parties are obliged to provide documents required for nomination to the Central Election Commission before January 12.