‘Russian presidential elections on March 4’

Medvedev and Putin have indicated that they could be the candidate for the top job in 2012.

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2011, 23:34 PM IST

Moscow: Russia`s 2012 presidential polls
will be held on March 4, a member of the Central Elections
Commission (CEC) on Thursday said.

"...the presidential elections will be held on March
4," a CEC member Maya Grishina said.

President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin have indicated that they could be the candidate for the
top job in 2012.

However, Medvedev who was chosen to succeed Putin,
when the Russian strongman was faced with a constitutional ban
on a third presidential term in 2008, has made it clear that
he will not compete against his predecessor.

Under the Russian election law, the direct elections
of the president are held on the second Sunday of March in the
year of the completion of the incumbent`s term.

However, under the same law if due to readjustment of
holidays that day coincides with public holidays or that
Sunday is declared a working day, they are advanced by a week.

By his decree Prime Minister Putin has declared
Sunday, March 11, 2012 a working day so that the public could
have a three day holidays on International Women`s Day March 8
on Thursday and Sunday off day has been moved to Friday March
9.

Formally the elections of the president are announced
by the upper house of parliament - the Federation Council.

PTI