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MOSCOW, June 28. /TASS/. Polling stations at the upcoming elections to the Russian State Duma lower parliament house will be organized in 147 countries, Vasily Likhachev, a member of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC), said on Tuesday.
"We will organize voting at the elections to the State Duma of the seventh convocation in the territory of 147 states," he told a news conference at TASS.
He said the biggest polling stations will be organized in the United States, Israel, Germany and Moldova, i.e. the countries with the biggest Russian diasporas.
As of January 1, 2016, a total of 1.903 million Russian citizens permanently living abroad were registered with Russian consular institutions. These people enjoy the right to vote. "I think this figure will be doubled by the time of elections, thanks to tourists," Likhachev said.
Elections to the Russian State Duma will be held on September 18, 2016 under the mixt system: 225 lawmakers will be elected by party tickets and the same number - in one-seat constituencies. On June 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree appointing the elections. The decree was published on the same day giving the official start to the election campaign. Along with elections to the State Duma, 39 regions will elect their legislative assemblies, seven constituent regions will hold direct elections of their top officials. Concurrently, municipal elections will be held in about 5,000 constituencies.