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KAZAN, December 5 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s Ruling United Russia party secured 77.86 percent of the votes in the election to the State Duma lower house of parliament in Tatarstan, the secretary of the republican central election commission, Valentina Kamenkova, told Tass on Monday.
At the previous election to the State Duma, United Russia got 81.4 percent of the votes, she said.
The Communist Party came second with 10.59 percent, the Just Russia Party was third with 5.29 percent. The Liberal Democratic Party received 3.48 percent of the votes, Yabloko – 1.07, Patriots of Russia – 0.43 percent and Right Cause – 0.37 percent. A total of 79.5 percent of eligible voters, or over 2.3 million people, took part in the election, slightly below the figure of the previous election when the voter turnout was 84 percent.
Observers from the USA, Austria, Israel, Turkey, France and Finland watched the election. Israeli observers gave high marks to electronic voting used at 144 polling stations in the republic. Observers also marked a high activity of the youth.