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Russia May Elect President on March 4 If March 9-10 Are Made Days Off - CEC

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MOSCOW. July 7 (Interfax) - The date of the Russian presidential election in March 2012 will depend on the government's decision to shift days off for celebrations of International Women's Day, March 8, Russian Central Elections Commission Secretary Nikolai Konkin told a Thursday press conference in Moscow.

"The election may take place on March 4 or March 11 depending on the government's decision. If the government shifts the days off to March 9-10, it will be impossible to hold the election on March 11 by law," he

Konkin hopes that the government will make the decision in advance.

"As far as I remember, the government made a decision on days off of the upcoming year in October 2010," he said.

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