UFA, September 18. /TASS/. Six long-liver women, two of whom have turned 103 and the other four - 100, have cast their votes in Sunday’s parliamentary polls in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan, a spokesman for the republican election commission said.
Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin greeted a 100 year-old voter in the North Caucasus, Aslizhan Sizhazheva on her birthday on Sunday. The president’s greeting telegram was voiced by Nalchik’s Mayor Arsen Alakayev.
"You belong to the legendary generation of winners and builders, who have passed with honors all the hardships of the war times, who restored the country, who made the base we are using now. Your life, the love for Motherland, the involvement in its fate are great examples for the youth, for all of us. I wish you good health, pep and all the best," Putin said in the greeting.
Elections to the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of Parliament, are being on September 18 in a split system: 225 members of parliament will be elected by party tickets, while the other 225 are going to be elected in one-seat constituencies. More than 111 million people are eligible to vote in the election and no minimal turnout is required.
Fourteen parties are on the election ballot: the United Russia party, the Communist Party of Russia, the Liberal Democratic Party, A Just Russia party, Russia’s Patriots, Civil Platform, the Green party, the Party of Growth, Parnas, Civil Power, Russia’s Communists, Yabloko, Rodina (Motherland) and the Russian Party of Pensioners for Justice. Parties have to pass the five-percent electoral threshold to win seats in the Duma.