Grigory Yavlinsky commenting on the decision of the Supreme Court which upheld the refusal to register him as a candidate for President, once again emphasized that he regarded this decision as political and not anyway related to any litigation or the Central Electoral Commission (CEC).
He emphasized that the court did not question the authenticity of the 1,932,112 signatures that had been found valid by the CEC.
The key claim of the CEC referred to "other violations of filing signature sheets", rather than the quality of the signatures.
"We are right not only legally. There is also common sense. And it prompts that only according to official estimates of the CEC, much more than two million voters voted for us at the parliamentary elections [of December 4, 2011]," Grigory Yavlinsky said.
Considering the fact that a draft law targeted at reduction of the number of signatures for presidential candidates from the non-parliamentary parties to 100,000 had been already submitted to the State Duma, Grigory Yavlinsky called "the trial about 2 million signatures" a political case.
He once again thanked all those who had put their signatures in his support. "Your political position can not be “cancelled”, and eventually it is the most important achievement of this campaign for collection of voters’ signatures,” he added.
“The authorities have confirmed once again that they want uncontested elections,” Yavlinsky said. “Democratic opposition, the protesting part of the society, its most creative part has been ousted out of the electoral process.”
"This is, albeit a smaller part of the society, without which all others [forces] will not be able to ensure the country's development, growth and achievements," he added.
"Elections are left with the old agenda and the candidates representing in one way or another different parts of Vladimir Putin's policies: in the social sphere (Sergei Mironov), business (Mikhail Prokhorov) and the national question (Vladimir Zhirinovsky)," emphasized Yavlinsky.
"These elections provide no options for the future development. The current system is terminating its existence. We will build a new one," he concluded.
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