Number of contenders for Moscow mayor office grows to 33

Last Saturday three more people filed their documents for nomination as candidates for the post of Moscow mayor to the Moscow city elections commission

Last Saturday three more people filed their documents for nomination as candidates for the post of Moscow mayor to the Moscow city elections commission.

"Thus the total number of participants in the election race has grown to 33," Interfax was told at the commission on Monday.

A commission spokesman said that documents were filed by Sirazhdin Ramazanov nominated by the Russian Social Democratic Party and independent candidates Andrei Dukharev, born in 1953, and Vladimir Kuvshinov, born in 1941 (both of them pensioners).

The spokesman said that 34 people had submitted their documents since the launch of the election campaign but last week registration was denied to Alexei Denisov, an unemployed who failed to produce a full set of required documents.

In order to qualify as candidates the contenders have to pass the "municipal filter" by collecting the supporting signatures of 110 municipal deputies, and independent candidates also the petitions of no less than 73,201 voters each.

The early mayoral election in Moscow is scheduled for September 8.

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