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Russians Ready for Unified Election Day

12. March 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Russians cast their votes on Unified Election Day

Over one-third of Russian voters will participate in selecting local candidates of all different levels in 75 regions. Unified Election Day is held twice a year, in March and October, and began in 2006 to ease the voting process by combining all the different elections to just 2 days.


Russia’s political system has been marred by scandal over the years but many are more positive about this year’s elections. Some changes are being implemented to represent a larger variety of candidates and to reduce the occurrence of ballot tampering.


The ruling United Russia Party is the most active with over 35,000 nominations, while the Communist Party hopes to get 13% of the seats, the Fair Russia Party shooting for 12%, and the Liberal Democratic Party around 11%. There are also 30,000 independent candidates which are going to give the United Russia Party the most competition. These elections are being noted as more liberal than previous ones, with no parties having trouble registering all of their candidates and giving them sufficient representation on Federal TV.


One of the changes that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has implemented is making the procedure to acquire absentee ballots stricter by submitting written requests and providing documentation as to why the voters cannot attend the elections. More law enforcement will be present at the polling places as well. The Central Election Committee is also going to test a new system of electronic voting in several regions, with some including web cameras to ensure more transparent and fair elections.