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    73 RUSSIAN REGIONS TO HOLD LOCAL ELECTIONS MARCH 14

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 13 (RIA Novosti) - 73 out of 89 Russian territories are to hold local elections on a par with presidential elections March 14.

    Six territories are to elect their legislatures in line with the mixed proportional-majority voting system involving representatives of various political parties and blocs, the Central Election Commission estimates. Ten other territories are to elect their respective governors tomorrow.

    Karachai-Circassian voters are to elect 73 members of the republican popular assembly. 36 deputies will be elected inside single-candidate districts, what with another 37 running for the republican legislature inside the single election district. Six political parties and one election bloc have nominated their candidates for the single election district.

    Tatarstan is to elect members of the republican state council tomorrow; 100 deputies will be elected in line with the mixed system; 50 of them will be running for the state council inside 50 single-candidate districts; another 50 will be elected inside the republican election district.

    Altai territorial voters will receive seven ballots each on March 14, thus electing local authorities, as well as Russia's next president.

    The Sverdlovsk and Yaroslavl regions, as well as the Ust-Orda Buryat autonomous area, will elect their own legislatures, too.

    The Udmurt republic will hold gubernatorial elections March 14 (nine candidates). Seven candidates are running for the post of Altai territory governor. Meanwhile the break-down for the Krasnodar territory, the Arkhangelsk region, the Voronezh region, the Kaluga and Murmansk region, the Ryazan region and the Chita region is four, nine, six, five, five, eight and three candidates, respectively. At the same time, nine candidates will be running for governor in the Koryak autonomous area. Any contender will be elected, after collecting over 50 percent of all votes.

    Apart from presidential elections, three regions will hold repeated State Duma elections on Sunday because most local voters had opposed all candidates December 7, 2003. (The State Duma is the Russian Parliament's lower house - Ed.)

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