Putin's party ahead in Russian parliamentary elections

Putin's party ahead in Russian parliamentary elections

With 93 percent of the vote counted, the ruling party received 50.3 percent of the votes in elections for the 450-seat Duma, more than it received in 2011, prior to an economic recession.

The Communist Party and nationalist Liberal Democrats each had just over 13 percent of the vote, a significant blow to the Communists, who finished a clear second in controversy-marred elections five years ago.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party declared victory in weekend parliamentary elections as it maintained its majority.

The United Russia party also leads in 203 out of 206 one-seat constituencies. More than 111 million people were eligible to vote in the election and no minimal turnout was required. Voter turnout plummeted by 20 percent since the 2011 election.

"The results of the vote reflect our citizens' reaction to attempts of foreign pressure on Russian Federation, to sanctions, to attempts to destabilize the situation in our country from within", Putin said.

So far United Russia has won 54.2 per cent of the vote. Mariana Betsa, a Ukrainian foreign ministry spokeswoman, maintained that no voting in the Russian election would take place in her country including Russian diplomatic and consular buildings, BBC reported.

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That total gave United Russia 140 of the 225 party-list seats available in the Duma.

"I am not entirely sure that Ella Pamfilova has a good understanding of the actions of the heads of polling stations on the ground, how they compile their protocols, how they fill in the data and submit it to their regional election commissions", Shpilkin said. That would give Putin΄s party 338 seats in the Duma in total, or almost 100 more than in the 2011 parliamentary election.

Voting began early morning Saturday local time on the Chukotka Peninsula opposite Alaska and wrapped up in Kaliningrad, Russia's most westerly point, where people cast their vote until late Sunday evening.

Election officials said that as of 6pm Moscow time (11pm Singapore time), two hours before polling stations in the capital closed on Sunday, the turnout was 39.4 per cent, substantially lower then the 60 per cent turnout at the last parliamentary election. The Russian President Vladimir Putin has obtained 44.5%, according to the exit polls in the Russia.

The Kremlin-friendly, pro-business Just Russia party garnered 6.4 percent, leaving them in fourth position.

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