Thursday, December 9

Putin’s party wins Russia’s elections with 60% scrutinized

The Kremlin party, United Russia, has won the parliamentary elections held in Russia on September 17, 18 and 19, with more than 47% of the votes, according to the latest data provided by the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Russia .

United Russia slashes constitutional majority in Duma after a third of the vote

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After the scrutiny of 60.06% of the votes, United Russia obtained 47.16% of the support and continues to touch the constitutional majority in the Duma or Lower House of the Russian Parliament. In addition, the candidates of the ruling party lead in 193 majority constituencies of the 225 at stake.

For the constitutional majority, the Kremlin party needs to get more than 300 of the 450 seats in the Duma. As the second force, according to preliminary data from the CEC, the Communist Party remains with 20.89% of the support, compared to the 13.34% it had obtained in the 2016 elections. They also exceed the threshold of 5% necessary for enter the chamber the Liberal-Democratic Party (7.9%), the Social Democrats of Just Russia (7.54%) and the newly minted New People (5.77%).

More than 110 million citizens were called to the polls, of which 2.6 million had registered for electronic voting, enabled in Moscow and six regions. Participation in the elections, which have lasted for three days due to the covid-19 pandemic, has exceeded 45%, according to official data. In the Russian legislative elections that took place in 2016, turnout was 47.88%. In those elections, the ruling party won more than 54.20% of the votes, which allowed it to add 334 seats and pass laws without having to agree with the systemic opposition in Parliament.

This Sunday, shortly before the closing of the schools, the Communists denounced fraud in various regions of the country, from the European part to Siberia and the Far East. In turn, the CEC downplayed the infractions, arguing that they do not influence the final result of the elections. The Ministry of the Interior has also confirmed that throughout the three days of voting there have been no irregularities capable of affecting the result of the legislative elections. However, they have been supported by independent observers and the independent press, which has also criticized the lack of extra-parliamentary opposition representatives in the elections.