Municipal elections in Moscow: what the parties are preparing for

Political parties began to prepare for the municipal elections in Moscow, which will be held next fall. The United Russia and the Communists have already told about their plans.

In the capital office of United Russia, the beginning of the preparations for the elections was marked by significant changes in the political council. So, in December, he was elected his new chairman, who became the head of the United Russia faction in the Moscow City Council, Andrei Metelsky. In addition, the composition of the political council itself has been updated by 25%. It includes Olympic champions Alexei Nemov and Natalia Ischenko, musicians Igor Butman and Dmitry Kogan, composer Alexei Rybnikov, TV presenter Arina Sharapova and other celebrities.
Last Friday, at a press breakfast on the start of the election campaign, Andrei Metelsky said that in accordance with the internal rules of the party, he leaves his post in the city parliament.
- According to our charter, it is impossible to combine two high party posts,In accordance with the charter, I left the position of the head of the United Russia faction in the Moscow City Duma, he explained.
Here it must be said that for the metropolitan branch of United Russia these elections will not be easy. Firstly, the municipal campaign will precede the presidential and mayoral elections in Moscow, which will be held in 2018, which means that they need to prepare fertile ground. The result, for example, depends on how easy or difficult it is for a party to go through a municipal filter at the mayoral election.
Secondly, the municipal elections - this is a very lengthy campaign - will be elected by 1.8 thousand deputies, and the EP really wants to get the majority of mandates. Actually, this is why Andrei Metelsky left his post at the Moscow City Duma, which took 15 years to focus on the upcoming campaign and the party organization management.
According to Kommersant, United Russia should, among other things, use the resources of city deputies to support municipal candidates, but so far the connection with them is not strong enough, and this is recognized in the party itself. In addition, United Russia must tightly tie all city primary organizations to polling stations.In this case, the EP is easier to ensure the results of the party in a particular area.
Also, the EP will include in the election campaign the metropolitan government and the heads of city prefectures, but “United Russia” are not planning to work only within the framework of urban issues - housing and communal services. Party members are going to touch on general topics - culture, sport, etc. - actually for this EP and attracts celebrities.
- It is important for us that with us be active and famous people, leaders of public opinion, in which the majority is equal. “It is extremely important that everyone who is with us is in motion, and not icons or faces from posters,” stressed the head of the executive committee of the Moscow branch of the United Russia Oleg Smolkin.
It is known that, for example, the already mentioned Aleksey Nemov will oversee projects in Moscow to support sports, youth, and patriotism. The Olympic champion who was present at the meeting with journalists declared that he was interested in these projects and he was ready to work with the party. Nemov also did not rule out his participation in the upcoming elections.
Andrei Metelsky said that the political council included very active people, including those who showed themselves in preparation for the elections to the State Duma.Since the opinion of successful people for Muscovites is authoritative, they will help the branch to win votes, he said.
- At the municipal elections in Moscow, we will try to convince people that the party will become an active assistant for citizens and at the district level. Deputies of this level will take over a large amount of work. The deputies became independent, this convocation and the previous one are two big differences. We have an understanding that the deputy of this level has to be of himself, - he emphasized.
An important municipal campaign will be for the metropolitan communists. As the head of the Moscow city committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, State Duma deputy Valery Rashkin, explained, the municipal elections give the parties the opportunity to independently pass the municipal filter at the next mayoral elections. In the last elections of the head of the city, which took place in 2013, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation became the only party that was able to collect 230 votes giving the right to participate in the elections of the mayor, and the Communists are not going to lose this advantage, therefore they will put their candidates in 100% of the constituencies.
Also parliamentarian recalledthat if the opposition succeeds in the elections, it will be possible to raise the issue of allocating budgets to municipalities, while up to now they have worked exclusively on estimates approved by the government.
Alexey Vasilyev, director of the Institute of Political Law and Management, made his forecast about the municipal elections in Moscow and about the preparatory period for them specifically for Davydov.Indeks.
- In Moscow, more than anywhere in Russia, the legitimation of the result is important. The election campaign traditionally promises to be interesting, and traditionally United Russia will win. The main idea of ​​“United Russia” is to pull up to itself, to bring in the leaders of public opinion.
Today, United Russia is such an ideological vacuum cleaner. And if you want to achieve something, you need to go to the primaries of "United Russia". And if you just want to speculate and tell that Putin is bad, then in the so-called opposition.
In October last year, information appeared about the possible transfer of municipal elections from autumn to spring. Allegedly, this will not allow the opposition to independently overcome the municipal filter in the election of the mayor of Moscow.However, it later became known that the city government rejected this idea. According to sources, this would not bring any advantages to the authorities.
It also became known that at the elections in Moscow, they would abandon the general primaries for all potential candidates for deputies, as it was before the elections to the Moscow City Duma in 2014. Since elections will be held immediately in 124 districts, it will be extremely difficult to administer this whole process.
Well, something like this.
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