On March 13, 2011 elections to the representative power bodies took place in 12 regions of Russia: Nizhny Novgorod, Tver, Kirov, Orenburg and Kaliningrad regions, Adygei and Komi Republics, Khanty-Mansiysk and Chukchi Districts.
Gennady Zyuganov: CPRF program found support with the electorate.
Upon the election results Chairman of CPRF Gennady Zyuganov stated the following:
“The election campaign was focused on the primary issue of how to get Russia out of the crises and involve new persons and professionals able to pull the country out of the plight.
CPRF prepared an affective program of going out of the crises. The program passed the test during the previous autumn election campaign.
We formulated eight core principles of the “People referendum” that formed the basis of our work with the electorate as well. It covers increasing utilities services rates, higher retirement age, unaccessible education and healthcare.
A turnover in the sentiments of citizens is so evident that there is no need in any additional demonstration. Yet this campaign was fairly dirty”.
Ivan Melnikov: We haven’t won the election yet, but we have already gained a victory in terms of prevailing tendencies.
Chief of the party Electoral Headquarters, First Deputy Chairman of the CC CPRF Ivan Melnikov noted the following:
“We are satisfied with the outcomes of the regional elections. They reflect the ongoing processes in political, socio-economic system of the country and changes in public sentiments. Our party performance was very confident. We strengthened our second position in the Russian political system and claimed seriously on taking over the initiative.
In 12 regions of 8 constituent territories there was the combination of three factors at once – the second place in the election campaign, in parallel, greater public appeal of CPRF and absolute figures growth, i.e. an increase in votes gained compared with the State Duma elections in 2007.
The principle outcome of the campaign is that we haven’t won the election yet, but we have already gained a victory in terms of prevailing tendencies over our main opponent United Russia and other political parties.
CPRF reaffirms the results of the previous similar regional elections and improves them in absolute figures in contrast to parliamentary elections. In 9 of 12 regions we witness considerable votes increase.
Within the past few years, average election results in all these regions amounted to only 13% in contrast to the present day 22%”.