Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill putting the "against all" option back on voting ballots in local elections.
The law will take effect on January 1, 2015.
The document has been posted on the official legal information portal.
It was reported that on May 28 the Federation Council approved a bill restoring the "against all" option on voting ballots in local elections. The relevant draft was proposed in State Duma in October 2013 by a group of senators led by Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko.
Matviyenko suggested returning the option during her speech in the upper house last fall. According to the speaker, this option should have been re-introduced for all levels of elections, from regional to federal, with the exception of the presidential elections. However, after debating and editing the bill State Duma deputies eventually returned the "against all" option for the municipal level only, having deemed its introduction for regional and federal parliamentary elections inexpedient.
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