Duma passes in first reading proportional representation bill
Published December 24th 2004 in Interfax

The State Duma passed on Friday in a first reading a bill providing for proportional representation in parliament, or voting by party lists, and discontinuing election of one half of its members in one-seat constituencies. The bill also bans setting up electoral blocs.

The supporters of the bill believe that when it becomes law the role played by political parties in society and state will increase.

Only those political parties that meet the requirements of the Political Party Law will be allowed to make federal lists of their candidates.