MOSCOW, October 14 (Itar-Tass) —— No runoff elections of the governor of Russia’s Far Eastern Amur region will be held, with the incumbent governor, Oleg Kozhemyako of the ruling United Russia party, having won more than 76 percent of the vote, the Russian Central Election Commission said on Sunday.
Vote counting is not yet over but it is already obvious that Kozhemyako, who has been governing the region since 2008, will keep his post. As of 19:30 Moscow time, when 94 percent of protocols from local election commission were counted, Kozhemyako scored 76.67 percent of votes.
His closest rival, candidate from the Communist Party (CPRF) Roman Kobyzov, is wining only 10.38 percent of the vote. Next is Ivan Abramov nominated by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), with 8.35 percent of votes. A Just Russia’s candidate Dmitry Zharovsky is gaining 2.58 percent.
Further counting is unlikely to change the results dramtically.
Kozhenyako, 50, was born in the Far Eastern Primorsky Territory. In 2005-2007, he was governor of the Koryak autonomous area, and has been governor of the Amur region since 2008 when he was nominated to the post by the Russian president and approved by the local legislature.