Fraud and violations: Repeat election of governor in Russia’s Primorye

Primorsky Territory election commission canceled the results of the runoff election of the regional head. 12 of 13 members of the election commission voted for the decision, one was against.

The results were lifted due to massive violations and fraud. The chairwoman said that it turned to be impossible to consider them reliable.

Two candidates – – the acting head of Primorye Andrey Tarasenko (United Russia) and Andrey Ishchenko (Communist Party) participated in the elections.

On September 16, Tarasenko won the second round of elections. However, when 95% of votes had been counted, Ishchenko took the 6% lead. But as a result, Tarasenko came first.

Ishchenko considers himself the actual winner of the second round, that is why he is critical of the decision to cancel the election results.

“I am against it, because I believe that the residents of the Primorsky Territory elected Governor on September 16,” he said.

He is ready to challenge the cancellation in court. The repeat election of Primorye governor is to be held within three months.