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Russian communists boycott parliament election results
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10:05, December 08, 2007

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Russia's Communist Party has filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court demanding that the outcome from the State Duma elections be declared void, the party's Central Committee's Secretary Vadim Solovyov told reporters on Friday.

The Communist Party will be questioning election returns at courts of all levels. The party has dispatched 40 complaints to the Central Electoral Commission already, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov said on Friday "the protest actions center made a decision on Wednesday to stage a nationwide campaign of protest against price rises and election rigging."

The Communists claim they have collected over 10,000 complaints and lodged 8,000 protests with various bodies of power, including prosecutors' offices.

The Communist Party plans to summarize its findings and hand them over to the Central Electoral Commission, as well as to demand the Supreme Court consider cancellation of election results.

In a statement issued earlier on Friday the party's Central Committee's presidium claims that parallel vote counting being conducted by the party's election team has produced solid evidence the results of Duma elections must be declared void.

According to the statement, the Communist election team is scrutinizing one-third of the protocols.

"The results of recounting point to obvious rigging in summarizing preliminary results," said the statement signed by the party leader Zyuganov.

At the same time, the Communist Party, which in the Dec. 2 elections received 500,000 votes more than four years ago, has no intention of abdicating its mandates.

"We shall continue the struggle in the State Duma," the first deputy chairman of the party's Central Committee Ivan Melnikov said.

Source: Xinhua

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