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Soviet Union legislative election, 1979

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4 March 1979  1984 →
Start date  March 4, 1979
Winner  Leonid Brezhnev

Elections to the Supreme Soviet were held in the Soviet Union on 4 March 1979.


Electoral system

Candidates had to be nominated by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) or by a public organisation. However, all public organisations were controlled by the party and were subservient to a 1931 law that required them to accept party rule. The CPSU itself remained the only legal one in the country.

Voters could vote against the CPSU candidate, but could only do so by using polling booths, whereas votes for the party could be cast simply by submitting a blank ballot. Turnout was required to be over 50% for the election to be valid.


CPSU candidates accounted for around three quarters of the nominees, whilst many of the others were members of Komsomol.


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