About the State Duma elections

On Dec. 4, 2011, Russian will go to the polls to elect representatives for the sixth Russian State Duma. Russian citizens in the Republic of India are encouraged to vote. Polling locations are listed below.

 

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Russian nationals can vote at the polling station to which they are assigned.

Russian nationals living in India can vote at four polling stations: Russian Embassy Trade Office (Plot 6-7, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 110021); Consulate General Offices in  Kolkata (22A, Raja Santosh Road, Alipore, Kolkata - 700027); Mumbai (42, Jagmohandas Marg (Old Nepean Sea Road), Mumbai - 400036); the Cultural Department of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai (74, Kasturi Ranga Road, Chennai - 600018).

 The polling station in Delhi will be for those residing in the Delhi Consular District, which includes Delhi and the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, as well as the eastern states of Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura.

 Those living in West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar will vote in Calcutta.

 The facility in Chennai will be for voters from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Finally, those residing in Goa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh will have to go to Mumbai to vote.

The polling stations will be open from 08.00 to 20.00 according to the local time.       

All Russian citizens aged 18 and older who have a valid foreign or national passport on them (or a document temporarily replacing their passport), including those on a temporary stay (for instance, in a business or tourist trip), have the right to vote. For this purpose they are to obtain special absentee ballots in advance from the Election Commission in their place of residence. In this case, they will be able to vote at any of the four polling stations mentioned above.

For the voters’ convenience it is also planned to arrange mobile ballot boxes for cities where groups of Russian specialists reside but which have no consulate offices.    


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