Today voting started in Russia in order to elect MP’s for state of Duma in Russia, these MP’s were being selected for the lower house of the parliament, as well as for certain Regional bodies. At 8 a.m today according to DUma time region the polling stations were opened, among which easternmost Kamchatka and Chukchi region were the first to start polling as Russian news reported.
Around 94,000 polling stations were open today in Russian territory and some 350 more stations were opened in more than 140 countries outside Russia. Voting all over Russia is expected to take as long as 22 hours as there are 20 time zones between the eastern and the western territory of Russia. This is happening for the first time in the history of the world that a polling will take this long. A total of 111.6 million Russian citizens are being accounted to vote today, amongst which some 2 million lives abroad. This is the first time after 2003 that the MP’s are being selected from mixed lists, otherwise in 2007 and 2011 they were selected from the federal party’s list only.
Half of the seats are expected to be captured by the deputies, even on the federal party’s list as the limit of 5% was been raised before the elections. Only 60.2% voters turned out to vote in the 2011 election, but these numbers are expected to rise this year by huge difference. With problems like Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts hanging on the neck of Russia some people are also criticizing and also opposing these elections.
The main party which is opposing Putin the most in these elections were already looking week and divided and just to their shock four of their candidates were ripped off their right to run in the elections, which weakened them more. But the people of Russia are looking pleased by the new rules being used in this year’s elections and are looking forward to a better government. This is it for now, stay tuned for more updates and news.