Andrew Eisenkott: Vitaly ANEC / RIA Novosti
Candidate for Governor of Primorye from the Communist party Andrei Ishchenko stopped the hunger strike, which was announced after the second round of elections. He told about it “Radio Freedom”.
According to him, this decision he took after he heard about the “interaction hints” from the Chairman of the Central election Commission Ella Pamfilova. Ishchenko also decided not to camp out in front of the administration of Primorye in Vladivostok, because it can disperse the police.
“The Kremlin has heard complaints, the CEC, the Investigative Committee, the Prosecutor’s office started investigation,” he wrote on his page in Facebook, the representative of the election team Ishchenko Maxim Chikunov.
Earlier the candidate on a post of the head of Primorye declared a hunger strike in protest against election fraud. He explained that when calculating 95.7 percent of the votes he was leading, ahead of acting Governor of the region Andrei Tarasenko five percent. “But just in the morning results in Vladivostok, Nakhodka, Ussuriisk and Artyom was rigged, and now the results are that we are losing,” said he. According to estimates 99,03% of the ballots, Tarasenko scored 49.02 percent of the vote, Ishchenko — 48,56%.
Chairman of the Public chamber of Primorsky Krai Boris stupnitsky told the TASS news Agency that the observers have not detected serious violations during the elections of the Governor, however, the Chairwoman of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova assured that the final results of the election campaign in the region will be announced only after a thorough inspection of all “complaints with the texture”.
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