Polling stations opened throughout Russia

After the opening of polling stations in the Kaliningrad region voting in the elections began throughout the Russian Federation.

According to the Central election Commission (CEC) of Russia in total, there are about 97 thousand sites, including 372 abroad.

In the Chukotka Autonomous district according to 15:00 local time (06:00 GMT), at the election voted almost 50% of voters. “At the moment voted by 48.3% of voters, this 14 thousand 275 people. Completed voting in the village of Kraskino. They participate in the election took 100% of the voters. However, living in this village only 32 people”, — said the interlocutor of the Agency TASS.

Violations during the elections in the region is not fixed, added in the electoral Commission.

As has told “RIA Novosti” in the regional election commissions, as at 15:00 local time (08:00 GMT), voter turnout in Khabarovsk Krai, the Jewish Autonomous region and Sakhalin region on elections of deputies of the state Duma was lower than in the 2011 elections.

So, in Khabarovsk territory, according to the electoral Commission of the region, to 15 hours voted of 26.44% of the vote in 2011, by this time the turnout was 36,82%. In the Sakhalin region to 15:00 voted 28,72%, in 2011, to this hour with a candidate selection decided for 36.05% of the voters. In the Jewish Autonomous region to 15 hours voted of 27.43% of the vote in 2011 — its 36.97%.

In Primorsky Krai, where eliminate the consequences of the severe flooding, the number of votes to 15 hours still counts, told the news Agency.

“Interfax” reports that voter turnout in the elections in the regions of the Baikal region and Transbaikalia by noon exceeded in the last Duma election 2-6%. In Buryatia, according to data for 12:00 local time, the turnout of 20.17% of the vote, whereas in the last elections to the state Duma by this time voted to 14.4% of the electorate. In the neighboring TRANS-Baikal territory voter turnout by 12:00 local time made and 15.44%, exceeding the 2.5% turnout in the last election. In the Irkutsk region, by data on 12:00 local time, voted by 11.87 per cent of voters, which is 2% higher than in past elections at this time.

Thursday, September 15, to the citizens of Russia appealed to President Vladimir Putin. He urged them to take part in the elections to the single voting day on September 18. “Sure, whatever political views we may adhere to, participation in voting is a civic duty of each of us,” he said (the speech was broadcast channel “Russia 24”).

“The election campaign is completed. All participants were created equal conditions for open and fair competition, in order to indicate their position on various issues, to offer ways of their decision, and voters can objectively measure, compare, program, goals, actions and achievements of parties and candidates,” — said the head of state.