Russian elections: Russian ruling party wins parliamentary elections with over 54% of votes

12:56 Sep. 19, 2016

Russian ruling party wins parliamentary elections with over 54% of votes

Journalists listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin shown on the monitor, as he speaks at United Party's election headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 18 (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The parties set in parliament remains unchanged

More than 90 percent of votes are already counted in Russia. The result shows more than 54 percent for Yedinaya Rossiya, the ruling party. With such a success, the party now gets a constitutional majority.

The rest of parliament remains unchanged: the Communist party, the Liberal Democratic Party, and Spravedlivaya Rossiya, or a Just Russia. Non-parliamentary parties did not manage to get past the vote threshold. Two parties could enter the parliament by single-seat districts: Rodina (Motherland) and Grazhdanskaya Platforma (Civic Platform).

International community's main concern was the election process in occupied Crimea. Many countries said they would not accept the results. Nevertheless, the elections took part at the peninsula, annexed from Ukraine. Crimean Tatars boycotted the balloting. Meanwhile, the authorities announced that in Sevastopol, one of the biggest cities in Crimea, voting results do not differ from the rest of Russia: ruling Yedinaya Rossiya remains the winner with 52.69%, and three other winning parties are the Communist party, the Liberal Democratic Party, and Spravedlivaya Rossiya.

The parliamentary elections in Russian Federations took place on September 18th. A mixed system was used: 225 deputies were chosen by party lists and 225 – by single-seat districts. Independent observers reported about hundreds of violations in different regions. Somewhere the voting ballots were simply pushed in the boxes in dozens – right in front of a camera. 

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