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99% of Ballots Are Counted, Elections Results Are Established
5.03.2012 11:29
99% of Ballots Are Counted, Elections Results Are Established

The Central Election Commission has counted more than 99 per cent of the ballots. The next Russian president is preliminarily declared by the CEC head, Vitlay Churov.

      Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin secured 63.82 percent, or 44.9 million votes. That means that there will be no run-off in the presidential election.

      Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov scored 17.19 percent of the votes. In third place was political newcomer Mikhail Prokhorov, who won 7.85 percent. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the charismatic leader of the nationalist LDPR party, came fourth with 6.23 percent, or 4.3 million votes. And A Just Russia party candidate and former Federation Council speaker Sergei Mironov gained 3.84 percent (2.7 million votes) for his support.

      Russian election authorities continue counting the last 0.5 per cent unaccounted ballots under observer supervision.

      Yesterday night, Vladimir Putin addressed his supporters in the Manezhnaya square and thanked them for their choice.

      According to the Central Election Commission, over 63.3 per cent of registered voters went to the polling stations Sunday. That number is lower than during the previous presidential election, in 2008, but higher than during the parliamentary election in 2011.

      Observers reported a number of violations during the vote across the country. Results at one polling station in Dagestan, in the North Caucasus, will be annulled due to a video recorded by one of the webcams. It showed several people casting multiple ballots. Other cases are under investigation right now. The head of regional program's of Information policy development fund, Alexandr Kynev, said the violations in this elections became more complicated. "The new trends are absentee ballot voting and polling stations at factories – where people vote under their bosses' eyes", he said.

      Russians have demonstrated an unprecedented level of political engagement leading up to the vote. Hundreds of thousands of independent vote observers worked at polling stations, and the same number watched the elections through live webcams broadcast. 


Sources: Russia Today Image:

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian politics Elections 2012    

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