President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party has won parliamentary election held in Russia yesterday (18th).
Russia’s ruling United Russia and other parties that back the Kremlin have secured sweeping control over parliament. However, voter turnout plummeted by 20 percent compared to the 2011 election.
With 90 percent of the votes counted, early results suggest that the ruling United Russia party leads in the polls, followed by the Russian Communist Party with 13.5 percent, and the right-wing party LDPR with 13.3 percent. Fair Russia comes fourth with 6.2 percent, the Russian Central Elections Committee said.
“We can say with certainty that the party has achieved a very good result; it’s won,” Putin said at the United Russia headquarters, minutes after polling stations closed on Sunday evening.
The total voter turnout stood at 39.37 percent two hours before the polling stations closed, Russia’s Central Elections Committee said in a press release. At the same time, Moscow and St. Petersburg were among the Russian regions with the lowest turnout, which amounted to almost 20 percent in the Russian capital and 16.12 percent in St. Petersburg.
In Russia, each person over the age of 18 is eligible to vote, except for prisoners and legally incapable persons. The total number of Russian voters amounts to 111.6 million with about two million of them living abroad. Voter turnout in Russia’s previous parliamentary elections in 2011 amounted to 60.2 percent.