News ID: 316473
Published: 1253 GMT September 20, 2021

Russia’s ruling party wins majority in parliamentary elections

Russia’s ruling party wins majority in parliamentary elections

Members of a local election commission count ballots at a polling station inside Kazansky railway terminal after polls closed in Moscow, Russia, on September 19, 2021.

Russia’s ruling United Russia party retained its parliamentary majority after the Central Election Commission (CEC) data showed the party secured 49.63% of the ballots on the party list to the State Duma (lower house of parliament).

According to voting results, United Russia secures 112 mandates on the list. It is also dominating in 199 single-member constituencies. Thus, as a result, United Russia so far secures the constitutional majority in the lower house (over 300 mandates), TASS reported.

The ruling party's share of the vote was down from 54.2 percent in the last parliamentary election in 2016, while the Communists saw their support grow from 13.3 percent.

The Communist Party came second with 19.20%, followed by the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (7.48%), A Just Russia — Patriots — For Truth (7.43%) and New People (5.4%). Thus, these five parties broke through the 5% barrier to enter the State Duma.

The Party of Pensioners came sixth with 2.49% of the vote, followed by Yabloko and the Communists of Russia (1.29%). The other parties have less than one percent of the votes. Overall, 14 parties took part in the elections.

Elections to the 8th Russian State Duma were held over a period of three days. In addition to the State Duma elections, voted for the heads of nine Russian regions and in elections for 39 regional parliaments.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday the parliamentary elections in Russia had been open, competitive and honest, according to AFP.

"The competitiveness, openness and honesty of the elections were and are the most important thing for the president," Peskov said.

Peskov acknowledged that the Communist Party improved its results in the election, calling it a sign of the competitiveness of the country's electoral system.

But he added: "At the same time we see that United Russia is the main preference of the voters."

"The party faced the task of reaffirming its leadership; this task was certainly fulfilled," Peskov added.







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