Friday, October 22, 2021

Voting underway across Russia’s 11 time zones to elect 450 members of State Duma

In Russia, voting is underway across country’s 11 time zones on the third and final day of voting to elect the 450 members of the country’s lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma.

Nationwide voter turnout currently stands at 40.5 per cent.

In Moscow, more than 2 million people voted online – or 93.4 percent of voters who registered to vote online – setting a new record.

Independent election monitor Golos said, it continues to see massive violations of the rights of observers, members of commissions and candidates for a third day in a row.

Golos listed nearly 4,000 instances of possible electoral fraud across the country so far.

Initial results from the Far East regions of Khabarovsk and Sakhalin, where polls have closed, show the Communist Party outpacing United Russia.

Amid widespread reports and footage of apparent election violations, Central Elections Commission head Ella Pamfilova said her commission had received 137 reports of voting coercion and confirmed eight cases of ballot stuffing, with three polling station heads fired as a result.

On the second day of elections yesterday, over 30 percent turn out was recorded.

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