MOSCOW, September 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) received no complaints throughout Sunday, the Single Voting Day in Russia, Leonid Ivlev, a CEC chairman said on Sunday evening after the voting was over.
“Not a single complaint,” he said, adding that in all the Central Election Commission had received 140 calls, the bulk of which had been questions that had been answered in the “regime of consultations.”
According to Ivlev, 26 calls were from political parties, including 18 from the Communist Party (CPRF), three - from the A Just Russia party, four - from the Yabloko party, and one - from the Party of Russia’s Revival. “As many as 41 calls reported possible violations in the activities of election commissions,” he noted.
The majority of calls came from St. Petersburg (42) and Moscow (28). Most of calls from Moscow were linked with reprogramming of flash memory cards for optical scan voting systems. The worries, according to Ivlev, were groundless. “It is a general practice, there is no violation here,” he said, adding that ballot samples on flash memory cards were formed on the day of voting.
Ivlev said that over the entire campaign period the CEC cancelled only two decisions of lower-level commissions - in the Leningrad and Moscow regions.
The campaign, in his words, was clam on the one hand. “But on the other hand, it saw tough competition, with parties being at law with one another,” he said.
Elections of various levels were held in all Russian regions, except the republic of Ingushetia. Elections were held in two new Russian regions - Crimea and the city of Sevastopol - too. In all, the country saw about 5,800 election campaigns and local referendums. About 75 million eligible voters have been registered across the country. Thirty Russian regions elected their heads and governors, 14 regions elected legislative assemblies, three administrative centres of Russian regions elected their mayors.