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Doubts about the Communist and Non-party people bloc

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Post 29 Sep 2019, 07:08
I know the CPSU had its own candidates to the Supreme and local soviets, and that they competed against non-party members that could be proposed by other organizations or people unrelated to the party in the “nomination meetings”, but i recently discovered the CPSU participated in USSR elections in an election front formed by both party and non-party people, which was called (very precisely) “the communist and non-party people bloc”. This was the bloc that always won with 99% of votes. I don’t quite understand what that alliance meant.

Did it mean the party itself proposed, on its official list, both party and non-party members as candidates to the Supreme and local soviets?

Usually, the non-party membership of the Supreme Soviet varied from 20 to 30% of its composition. Were said non-party members part of the "communist and non-party people bloc"? Or were they genuinely independent candidates?

And this may sound VERY ignorant or naive, but I don’t quite understand how the “official list” was formed in the first place, since the party had no way to know if its nominated candidates, party or non-party ones, would be elected at the nomination meetings. Or was the official list formed after those meetings?

This is the source about the bloc:

“The Party decided to make the idea of an election bloc of Communists and the non-Party masses the keynote of its policy in developing the election campaign. The Party entered the elections in a bloc, an alliance with the non-Party masses, by deciding to put up in the electoral areas joint candidates with the non-Party masses. This was something unprecedented and absolutely impossible in elections in bourgeois countries. But a bloc of Communists and the non-Party masses was something quite natural in our country, where hostile classes no longer exist and where the moral and political unity of all sections of the population is an incontestable fact."

"On December 12, 1937, the working people of the Soviet Union will, on the basis of our Socialist Constitution, elect their deputies to the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. The Bolshevik Party enters the elections in a bloc, an alliance with the non-Party workers, peasants, office employees and intellectuals. . . . The Bolshevik Party does not fence itself off from non-Party people, but, on the contrary, enters the elections in a bloc, an alliance, with the non-Party masses, in a bloc with the trade unions of the workers and office employees, with the Young Communist League and other non-Party organizations and societies. Consequently, the candidates will be the joint candidates of the Communists and the non-Party masse every non-Party deputy will also be the deputy of the Communists, just as every Communist deputy will be the deputy of the non-Party masses."
Post 29 Sep 2019, 18:28
Well never mind, i think i got it. The alliance essentially meant that the Communist Party nominated candidates jointly with non-party organizations. Some of the proposed candidates, therefore, were party members, others weren't. So basically after the elections the numbers of elected communist deputies or non-party deputies varied from one soviet to another, but they were all part of this "Communist and non-party people bloc".
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