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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vladivostok Elite Unite In Poll Plea

Primorye region Governor Yevgeny Nazdratenko and other officials appealed Thursday to the voters of Vladivostok, the regional capital, to cast their ballots Sunday for a new city legislature.

The governor, head of the regional legislature, presidential representative in the Far East region, election officials and the acting Vladivostok mayor announced they had declared "a moratorium on all disagreements," Interfax reported.

Efforts to elect a city legislature have repeatedly failed due to turnout below the 25 percent legal minimum.

Not party to Thursday's joint statement was Viktor Cherepkov, the popular former mayor who is Nazdratenko's archrival. Cherepkov was ousted under a decree signed by President Boris Yeltsin in December.

Mayoral elections also had been planned for Sunday, but a recent court ruling canceled them.

"Emotions and political preferences must be brushed away," said the appeal issued Thursday at a news conference. "The most important thing to do now is to go to the polling station on Sunday and shape Vladivostok's representative body."