United Russia expects competition between parties to increase

Competition between political parties will increase from election to election, United Russia party leaders say.

"We are in for a mega-competition, which will grow and become increasingly tense," the party's parliamentary faction leader and State Duma Deputy Speaker Andrei Vorobyov said at a press conference on Friday.

He said that October 12 is the last day when canvassing is allowed before the October 14 polls. "Tomorrow is the electoral silence day," he said.

Local elections will be held in most Russian regions on October 14, first of all at the municipal level.

"We feel confident. We are leaders and it is our duty to confirm our leadership," he said, adding that the party hopes to get a majority in the legislative elections at all levels where elections will be held on Sunday.

Asked to comment on the gubernatorial elections in Bryansk, where United Russia nominee Nikolai Denin is running, Vorobyov said that the Bryansk region is the scene of a real electoral struggle, like elsewhere in Russia. "We are doing all we can to help him draw support and win," he said.

United Russia also supports its other nominees in other regions, Vorobyov said, "Elections are not a pleasure trip," he added.

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