Sunday is the main day of voting in elections to the lower house of the parliament of Russia, the State Duma. A two-day early voting took place from Friday. On Saturday, the turnout was 25.6 percent – informed the Central Election Commission. The government’s “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” reported that the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic voted in the elections.
In addition to the two-day early voting since Friday, online voting has also taken place in several regions and in Moscow. The authorities encouraged him a lot. In Moscow, for example, cars and apartments were drawn among online voters.
On Saturday, the turnout was 25.6 percent on Saturday, informed the Central Election Commission. However, the turnout for the online voting was not taken into account.
The leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) Gennady Zyuganov told the media on Saturday that there are many “outrageous facts” about voting violations and there could be mass protests after the elections.
Independent media inform about possible violations. Dożd television published a recording from the republic of Bashkiria, in which – as it said – “an unknown man instructs the chairman of the election commission on the phone to enter the pre-determined percentages in the documents.”
The Tajga.info portal has published a recording from Kemerovo in Western Siberia, where members of the election commission transfer ballots at a time when the polling station was closed and no one should be there anymore. The senior electoral commission started scrutinizing.
More than 130 complaints about possible forced voting
The head of the Central Election Commission, Ełła Pamfiłowa, informed that the commission had received over 130 complaints about possible forcing to vote. The ruling United Russia party said nearly 99 percent of the complaints it received on Friday turned out to be false.
Russians also elect regional deputies and heads of regions in some parts of the country. Traditionally, high turnout in regional elections is shown by Chechnya, a republic in the North Caucasus ruled firmly by Ramzan Kadyrov, and the republic of Tuva in the Asian part of Russia.
Media: the people of Donbas voted in the parliamentary elections
The government’s “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” reported that residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic voted in the elections to the State Duma. It did not provide the number of voters, but said that the leader of the separatists, Denys Puszylin, cast the vote.
Pushlin, who voted online, said Donbass citizens who are Russian Federation citizens “have the opportunity to vote for deputies of the State Duma for the first time.” Earlier, Pushlin announced that over 800 buses and 12 trains for people who would vote in Russia would leave the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic – the structure set up by the separatists.
The Russian authorities have granted the right to vote in elections electronically to the inhabitants of the so-called People’s republics, i.e. areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists. It’s about those Donbass residents who have Russian passports. It is about 600,000 people.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the organization of the vote. Ukrainian human rights spokeswoman Ludmyla Denisova said that residents of separatist republics holding Russian passports are being forced to vote under the threat of dismissal and penalties.
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