Navalny suit for annulment of mayoral poll returns thrown out

The Moscow City Court on Friday threw out a suit from opposition activist Alexei Navalny for the annulment of the returns of the city's allegedly rigged mayoral election this month.

Navalny had pointed out "the handing out of food parcels to pensioners at territorial election commissions" in the run-up to the polls, "compilation of lists of those who would vote at home, and candidates' unequal access to the mass media" as reasons to declare the election invalid.

Navalny, who had been put forward by the Russian-Republican-Party of People's Freedom (RPR-PARNAS) coalition, won 27.24% and Sergei Sobyanin 51.37% of votes in the September 8 election.

Communist Ivan Melnikov received 10.69%, Yabloko's Sergei Mitrokhin 3.51%, Liberal Democrat Mikhail Degtyaryov 2.86%, and Nikolai Levichev of the A Just Russia party 2.79% of the vote.

On September 10, the City Election Commission approved the returns and the next day registered Sobyanin as mayor. Sobyanin was sworn in on September 12.

A commission representative assured the City Court on Friday there was no reason for an election rerun. Judge Alexandra Lopotkina rejected every point in Navalny's suit on Friday, an Interfax correspondent reported from the court.

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