Moscow City Court should invalidate Moscow mayor election outcome - Navalny

Opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who received the most votes in the Moscow mayoral elections after Sergei Sobyanin, believes the Moscow City Court should invalidate the outcome of the Moscow mayoral elections because the principle of the candidates' equal access to the media was violated during the election campaign.

Opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who received the most votes in the Moscow mayoral elections after Sergei Sobyanin, believes the Moscow City Court should invalidate the outcome of the Moscow mayoral elections because the principle of the candidates' equal access to the media was violated during the election campaign.

"The lawsuit filed with the Moscow City Court seeking the invalidation of the election results is based on two violations: firstly, the distribution of food packages among pensioners in territorial elections commissions and the creation of home voting lists, and secondly, unequal access of candidates to the media. I think no one has any doubts about that," Navalny told reporters on Wednesday.

Besides the lawsuit filed with the Moscow City Court, 951 lawsuits will be filed with district courts, he said. "They concern procedural violations," Navalny said.

"We know that the home voting registers were made with violations," he said, adding that "an abnormally high level of home voting was registered in some election districts."

"We know for a fact and we will prove that Sergei Sobyanin did not receive more than 49 percent [of the vote]," he said.

The lawsuits filed with district courts will contest the election's outcome in specific districts, where violations occurred, Navalny said.

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