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Chapter V. Electoral Associations

Article 32. Definition of an Electoral Association

Article 33. Electoral Blocs

Article 34. The Name and Emblem of an Electoral Association, Electoral Bloc

Article 35. Authorized Representatives of Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs

Article 36. Participation of Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs in the Election of Deputies of the State Duma


Article 32. Definition of an Electoral Association

1. An electoral association is a national political public association (a political party, other political organizations, a political movement) formed and registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in a procedure established by federal laws. A political public association or modifications and amendments to be made in its statute to impart to it the status of a political public association shall be registered not later than a year prior to voting day. This period shall not apply to other modifications and amendments made in the statute of a political public association.

2. The list of political public associations which meet the requirements of Clause 1 of this Article shall be made up by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. On the request of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation this list updated as of the date of the request shall be furnished to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation within ten days of the date on which the request was received.

3. A political public association which is a founder, member or participant of another political public association acting in the election of deputies of the State Duma as an electoral association or participating in the formation of an electoral bloc shall not act in this election as an electoral association either nominating a list of candidates independently or participating in the formation of an electoral bloc.

4. The rights of an electoral association shall also be enjoyed by electoral blocs formed for the period of the conduct of the election of deputies of the State Duma.

Article 33. Electoral Blocs

1. Electoral blocs are groups of two and more electoral associations which voluntarily unite for joint participation in the election, meeting the requirements of Clause 32 of this Federal Law.

2. A decision to join an electoral bloc (indicating the names of the electoral associations with which an electoral bloc is to be formed) shall be adopted at the congress (conference) of each of electoral associations after which the authorized representatives of these electoral associations shall sign a joint decision to establish an electoral bloc.

3. For registration of an electoral bloc its authorized representative shall submit the following documents to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation:

(a) notarized copies of the statutes of political public associations which joined the electoral bloc;

(b) notarized copies of the certificates evidencing registration of the political public associations which joined the electoral bloc with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation;

(c) minutes of proceedings of the congresses (conferences) of electoral associations and their decisions to join the electoral bloc;

(d) the joint decision to form an electoral bloc signed by the authorized representatives and certified by the seals of such electoral associations.

4. Electoral blocs shall be registered with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation not later than five days after submission of the appropriate documents. These documents may be submitted simultaneously with but not later than the submission of a joint federal list of candidates and/or a list of candidates nominated in single-mandate electoral districts.

5. The reasons for the refusal of registration of an electoral bloc may only be the absence or improper execution of the documents indicated in Clause 4 of this Article, failure of one of or several public associations which joined the electoral bloc to meet the requirements of Article 32 of this Federal Law, other violations of this Federal Law. An electoral bloc shall not be refused registration if the number of its participants is less than that indicated in a decision of a congress (conference) of one of or several electoral associations which have formed the given electoral bloc.

6. During the period of the same election campaign the electoral associations comprised in an electoral bloc shall not join other electoral blocs or act as independent electoral associations.

7. After an electoral bloc has been registered with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation it shall not admit any other electoral associations as its members.

Article 34. The Name and Emblem of an Electoral Association, Electoral Bloc

1. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall submit information about the full and abbreviated name of the electoral association, electoral bloc to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation .

The name of an electoral association shall be the name indicated in the registered statute of the corresponding political public association.

2. The name of an electoral bloc shall be determined at the congress (conference) of the representatives of electoral associations which formed the given bloc. The name of an electoral bloc shall not make use of the name of any registered All-Russian public association which has not joined the given electoral bloc, regardless of whether or not this public association takes part in the election, or the name of another electoral bloc which has already been registered in the given election. Neither shall an electoral bloc use the name which it used in the previous elections to the State Duma if more than a half of electoral associations which were comprised in the given electoral bloc in the previous elections are no longer its members. The first and the last name of a natural person may be used in the name of an electoral bloc only with a written consent of the given natural person.

3. When submitting lists of candidates for certification an electoral association, electoral bloc may submit its emblem to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. An electoral association may submit the emblem described among other symbols of the corresponding political public association in its registered statute (hereafter registered emblem) or some other emblem with the exception of registered emblems of other All-Russian public associations, emblems submitted by other electoral associations, electoral blocs in this or previous election. An electoral bloc may submit a registered emblem of any of electoral associations comprised in the electoral bloc or some other emblem with the exception of registered emblems of other electoral associations, emblems which have been submitted by other electoral blocs in this or previous election (unless the electoral bloc submitting an emblem is entitled to use the name of such a bloc in accordance with the Clause 2 of this Article). The symbols of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall not infringe upon intellectual property rights of citizens, insult or denigrate state symbols (flags, coats-of-arms, national anthems) of the Russian Federation, Subjects of the Russian Federation, other states, their religious symbols and national sentiments and shall not violate the generally recognized moral norms. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall agree with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation the abbreviated name (consisting of not more than seven words) and the emblem to be used in electoral documents.

4. The names and emblems of electoral associations, electoral blocs shall not be changed in the course of the election campaign.

Article 35. Authorized Representatives of Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs

1. An electoral association, electoral bloc shall appoint representatives authorized, under this Federal Law, to represent the electoral association, electoral bloc on all issues related to participation of the electoral association, electoral bloc in the election of deputies of the State Duma, including financial issues.

2. Authorized representatives shall be appointed by a decision of a congress (conference) of the electoral association or representatives of electoral associations which joined the electoral bloc or by a body authorized to do so by the congress (conference) of the electoral association or representatives of electoral associations which joined the electoral bloc.

3. An authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall act on the basis of a decision specified in Clause 2 of this Article; the decision shall indicate the powers of the authorized representative, his/her first, middle and last name, date of birth, series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper and the date of its issuance, place of residence, main place of work or service, position (occupation if there is no main place of work or service), and, for an authorized representative for financial matters, the right of first or second signature on financial documents and the sample of a seal for financial documents.

4. The list of appointed authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall be submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. The list of authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc (except for authorized representatives for financial matters) shall also be submitted to district election commissions. The lists of authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall indicate the first, middle and last name, date of birth, series and number of the passport or an equivalent identity paper and the date of its issuance, place of residence, main place of work or service, position (occupation if there is no main place of work or service), telephone number of each authorized representative of an electoral association, electoral bloc. The list submitted to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be accompanied by a written consent of each of the listed persons to act in this capacity.

5. Subject to the decision of a body of an electoral association, electoral bloc authorized to take such decisions the electoral association, electoral bloc may at any time terminate the powers of an authorized representative by serving a written notice to this effect on this representative and sending a copy of the relevant decision to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and to district election commissions.

6. Authorized representatives of electoral associations, electoral blocs which occupy state or municipal offices shall not take advantage of their official position or status.

7. The term of powers of authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc shall commence from the day of their appointment and expire upon the loss of the status by all candidates, registered candidates nominated on the appropriate list of candidates of the electoral association, electoral bloc which appointed the authorized representatives but not later than the day of official publication of the general election results. The term of powers of authorized representatives of an electoral association, electoral bloc for financial matters shall expire 60 days after voting day and if the appropriate electoral association, electoral bloc is involved in on-going court proceedings, after the court hands down a final decision.

Article 36. Participation of Electoral Associations, Electoral Blocs in the Election of Deputies of the State Duma

Electoral associations, electoral blocs shall take part in the election of deputies of the State Duma on equal terms and conditions in accordance with a procedure established by this Federal Law.

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