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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mironov Wants Election Laws Eased

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov on Monday called for eliminating election restrictions that make it difficult for smaller parties to win parliamentary races, Interfax reported.

Mironov, who heads the A Just Russia party, said the threshhold required for parties to get into parliament should be lowered to "5 or even 3 percent" from the recently established 7 percent.

He also lashed out at a new provision that forbids candidates from criticizing one another during campaigns.

"It's not clear how a candidate can run and not criticize his rivals," Mironov said at Federation Council hearings on election law.

He added that the election measures, which were approved by the Federation Council last year, undermine the legitimacy of elected officials.

The election measures were pushed through parliament last year by the pro-Kremlin party United Russia.

Alexander Veshnyakov, who is chairman of the Central Election Commission and also attended the Federation Council hearing, added that parties should not be required to collect signatures and pay deposits to file candidates.