Monday, March 3, 2008

Contenders in Russia's presidential election cite alleged violations

: The two top challengers to the adult male who looks to have got won Russia's presidential election alleged misdemeanors Sunday, Russian news federal agencies reported.

Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov and ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky spoke out after electoral functionaries and issue polls pointed to an easy triumph for Kremlin-backed candidate Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin's favorite successor.

"It looks that we don't have got elections but a process of confirming the appointive president," Interfax quoted Zhirinovsky as saying. "This disgusts not me but the citizens of Russia."

The comments were dramatic for Zhirinovsky, whose presidential command was widely seen as a Kremlin-supported move to impart legitimacy to the vote, in which Medvedev's triumph was a bygone conclusion.

"We will definitely register (a complaint) in court, but what's the point?" he was quoted as saying. Speaking to Ekho Moskvy radiocommunication later, however, he said he had no programs to take the issue to court. Today in Europe

Zyuganov, a perennial Kremlin opponent, said he had "proof of falsifications" and would "appeal to a court," ITAR-Tass reported.

"I believe that the state have once again been robbed," the federal agency quoted him as saying. He said he had a listing of nearly 200 violations, it said, but did not give specifics.

RIA-Novosti quoted a top Communist official, Valery Rashkin, as saying alleged misdemeanors included multiple ballots being handed to electors and at least two cases of ballot-stuffing.

According to the Central Election Commission, partial preliminary tax returns showed Medvedev with more than than 66 percentage of the vote, Zyuganov with about 19 percentage and Zhirinovsky with about 11 percent.

Commission head Vladimir Churov expressed assurance that the committee would win any tribunal lawsuit challenging the functionary results, ITAR-Tass reported.

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