4 April 2012The organizers of the "For Fair Elections" rallies in Russia’s Siberian city of Omsk have started online primaries to chose their candidate for the city’s mayoral elections, activist Viktor Korb said on Wednesday.
In late December, the city council dismissed mayor Viktor Shreider and now his deputy Tayana Vizhevitova is the acting head of Omsk. New mayoral elections have been set for June 17.
“Why shouldn’t we, the active citizens, promote a really independent up-to-date candidate? A person, capable of responsibly representing the interests of all of the city’s social classes – most of all, the active citizens of Omsk; a person capable of seriously improving the social climate in the region,” Korb said.
Three people have been proposed for participation in the opposition primaries – head of the Omsk branch of the Yabloko party Sergei Kostarev, businessman Pavel Kruchinsky and For Fair Elections rally mastermind Mikhail Yakovlev.
In one of the Russian social networking sites, For Fair Elections activists already started an online poll to choose members of the election committee that will asses the public activities of the candidates.