Moscow, Feb 6: The Russian Central Elections Commission (CEC) on Tuesday registered incumbent President Vladimir Putin as a candidate for the upcoming presidential election.
The commission, in a live broadcast, said that Putin’s headquarters had collected 314,837 sigtures in his support, more than the 300,000 threshold needed for the registration, reports Xinhua news agency.
It has checked 60,000 sigtures and found that just 232 of them or 0.39 per cent were invalid. So far, the CEC has registered only two candidates who did not have to collect sigtures, as they represent parliamentary political parties, i.e. politician and entrepreneur Pavel Grudinin from the Russian Communist Party and the leader of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky. (IANS)