TSKHINVAL, September 17. /TASS/. Over 3,500 Russian nationals took part in early voting for the State Duma election in South Ossetia, which was held on September 3-16, head of the consular department of the Russian embassy in Tskhinval Sergey Alexeyev told TASS on Friday.
"Given the specifics of military service, early field voting was organized on September 3-16 for service members at Russia's Fourth Military Base and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Border Department, as well as for their family members. Over 3,500 Russian citizens cast their ballots during the early vote for this period," the diplomat pointed out, adding that other Russian nationals residing in South Ossetia would have the opportunity to vote on September 17-19.
More than 90% of South Ossetia's population of over 50,000 hold Russian passports. Ten polling stations for casting ballots in the Russian State Duma election opened in South Ossetia on Friday, including nine for civilians and one for service members.
The voting process in the State Duma election is taking place on September 17, 18, and 19.