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About 4.5 thousand long-livers to vote in Russian elections

December 04, 2011, 4:17 UTC+3

The Chechen Republic has the biggest number of long-livers

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MOSCOW, December 4 (Itar-Tass) — About 4,500 of more than 108 million Russian voters are older than a hundred years old, Nina Kulyasova, a member of the Russian Central Electoral Commission, told Itar-Tass on Sunday.

“Moreover, the voter lists include more than 40 Russians who are older than 110,” Kulyasova went on to say.

She said that the Chechen Republic has the biggest number of long-livers. However, the regional electoral commission has not clarified this information before the Duma elections. One hundred seventy seven and one hundred twenty one long-livers live in Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria. The two most populated cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, have 292 and 238 registered long-lovers, respectively. One hundred sixty long-livers are registered in the Moscow region.

There are no long-livers in the Chukotk, and Nenets Autonomous Districts, the Magadan region, the Kamchatka territory and the Republic of Tyva.

Kulyasova said that the Central Electoral Commission had asked colleagues in regions to be particularly attentive to the long-livers. Representatives of local electoral commissions have already visited them to agree on how they are going to participate in the elections. Some regions have prepared gifts for the veteran voters.

Russia has one million one hundred sixty young people who can vote in the federal elections for the first time.

According to the Russian Committee for Statistics, the average age of the population in Russia was 38.8 years old on January 1, 2011.

The average age of the deputies of the State Duma of the fifth convocation is 50 years old.

As for the forthcoming elections, one party list has a candidate who was born in 1915. Some of the candidates had reached 21 years old necessary for being elected as a deputy after the party list was officially registered.

The first polling stations opened in the Kamchatka territory, the Chukotka, Magadan and Sakhalin regions and some districts in Yakutia when it was midnight in Moscow. The number of time zones in Russia have decreased from eleven to nine since the last parliamentary elections.

Time zones is not the only thing that differs these polls from the previous election campaigns. All the seven political parties registered in Russia are taking part in the polls for the first time in the history of modern Russia. The ballot papers include the Just Russia party, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Patriots of Russia, the Communist Party of Russia, the Yabloko party, the United Russia party and the Right Cause party. About 3,000 candidates have been included in the federal party lists. It means that seven candidates will be running for one deputy mandate in the 450-seat lower chamber of Russian parliament.

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