Election day in Russia: Voter turnout higher than in previous elections

Voters are demonstrating activeness in local elections throughout Russia with turnout exceeding the figures posted during the previous elections 2-3% on the average

Voters are demonstrating activeness in local elections throughout Russia with turnout exceeding the figures posted during the previous elections 2-3% on the average.

"On the average the voter turnout is 2-3% higher compared to the previous elections of comparable level and that is very mildly speaking. We have regions where turnout is record high," Deputy Chairman of the Central Elections Commission (CEC) Leonid Ivlev said at the CEC information center on Sunday.

"The figures demonstrate one thing - voters take interest in the elections. Our voters are coming and casting their ballots," he added.

According to data produced to the press at the CEC information center, as at 10 a.m. voter turnout in Moscow was 1.62%, in St Petersburg - 10.22% and in Sevastopol - 7.3%.

Among territories with the highest turnout Ivlev names the Komi Republic - 17.08% (11% higher than in the previous elections of the head of the republic in 2001), Pskov region - 6.29% (3.5% higher than in the previous elections), Samara region - 15.47% (8% more than in 2000), Primorye territory - 25.13% (3.9% more than in the 2001 gubernatorial elections), and the Republic of Tatarstan - 22.67% (10.39% more than in the 2009 Tatar State Council elections).

Ivlev also said that Russia has a total of 64,682 polling stations with 570,000 people working on election commissions in the 84 constituent territories where elections are held. The territories have over 75 million registered voters. 

 

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