MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. United Russia candidates are winning Sunday’s parliamentary elections in 136 one-seat constituencies, the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) said after counting of ballots from 11.05% of local commissions.
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation, or CPRF, and LDPR are winning in four one-seat constituencies each. A Just Russia candidates are winning in six one-seat constituencies. Parnas, Civil Platform and Rodina (Motherland) are winning in one such constituency each.
Elections to the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of Parliament, were held on September 18 in a split system: 225 members of parliament are to 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 were 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.
Earlier, after counting 10.02% of ballots, the Central Election Commission said that the United Russia party is winning 45.98% of the vote to the Russian State Duma. United Russia is followed by LDPR which is scoring 17.39% of votes and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, or CPRF, with 16.76%. A Just Russia is fourth, with 6.36% of votes, and Communists of Russia is fifth, with 2.84%. Next are the Russian Party of Pensioners for Justice (2.08% of votes), Rodina (Motherland, 1.44%), Yabloko (1.35%), Party of Growth (1.07%), the Green Party (0.79%), Patriots of Russia (0.73%), Parnas (0.68%), and Civil Platform (0.28%). Civil Power is following in the rear with 0.14% of the vote.