On election day, the Reuters correspondent went to 11 polling stations located in the Russian province of Bashkiria and Mordovia, and in Moscow and the Moscow region. At the three sites revealed significant differences between the number of voters counted by journalists, and figures provided by the employees of the election commissions, the Agency said, adding that for these sections with the overwhelming majority won by “United Russia”,
Another four sites have been recorded minor violations, including minor discrepancies in the data on turnout. In addition, there were cases of payment a vote, or coercion to participate in the elections.
At the polling station №284 in Ufa Reuters correspondent counted 799 people who took part in the vote. According to the official version, on this site voted 1689. The Chairman of local election Committee of Fairuz Akhmetzianova told reporters that the area had no violations.
Staff plot No. 285 in Bashkiria refused to let a Reuters reporter, saying that he needed to obtain permission from local authorities. The Agency reminds that according to Russian law, journalists do not obtain such a permit.
The staff of the polling station No. 62 in the Bashkir village of Knyazevo demanded a Reuters reporter to leave the premises on the basis of a complaint filed by the voter. Local resident A. Z. Minifin as set out in the electoral Commission document, complained that the journalist is doing “strange manipulations” with the subject, perhaps the “radioactive origin”, which can pose a threat to life and health. It was a mechanical counter for counting the ballots. The reporter was eventually allowed to continue, the Agency said.
In Saransk at the polling station №591 journalists counted 1172 voter, and employees of the electoral Commission — 1756. Reuters correspondent received an absentee ballot and voted at the site. In the counting of ballots officers of the electoral Commission has signalled that the party voted for journalist, was not given any voice. On the floor staff of the electoral Commission held a chalk line, for which he was forbidden to cross.
Reporters also noticed a man dressed in a sports jacket and blue pants, which was voted on this site, and 20 minutes later returned and again put the ballot in the ballot box. On the question of why he voted the second time, the man said that his keys were left at his wife and he could not get home.
The Chairman of local election Committee Irina Fedoseeva on the discrepancy between the official data on turnout and the numbers recorded by journalists, said: “You are people too, you too, can make mistakes”. It also offered to count the ballots correspondent, pointeresovatsya, where was his vote for “United Russia”. “If it happened, then it happened,” explained Fedoseyev.
In the Mordovian village of Atemar, plot No. 424 Reuters correspondent saw a woman with dyed red hair and a bearded blond man voted, and an hour later came back and stood again in line for the ballots. The woman said she came with her husband, who did not cast a vote. Employees of the electoral Commission then gave the man a clean sheet, and the journalist was told to move away from the ballot box.
On this part of the Reuters correspondent counted 669 of voters, and according to the electoral Commission in the elections participated 1261 people. Journalists became witnesses as the head of the electoral Commission Svetlana Baulina brought wrapped in the red cloak around ten ballots and mixed them with other ballot papers lying on the table. She refused to explain why they brought the ballot papers in the Cape. On the issue of discrepancies in the data on turnout she suggested that perhaps the journalists stuck button on the counter of the ballots.
Reuters notes that can not give independent assessments of how much was distributed during the election described scheme. The Agency explains that in accounting for turnout it compared their data with the official data on voters directly voted on a site. On election day reporters worked in groups for at least one journalist was at the site in the period from the beginning of voting until the end of counting of votes.
On all visited plots with journalists employees of the election commissions denied the existence of any violations during the elections and counting of votes and refused to explain why some people were allowed to re-vote. The election Commission did not respond to a request by Reuters regarding the violations recorded by correspondents. Application to the regional election commissions Bashkiria and Mordovia Republic also remained unanswered.
The state Duma elections won by United Russia, which received 54,28% of the vote. In the lower house of the Russian Parliament also passed the Communist party (13,45%), LDPR (of 13.24) and “Fair Russia” (6,17%).
The head of the CEC, Ella Pamfilova, commenting on the election results, said they were “quite legitimate.” She noted that she had “no euphoria or shapkozakidatelskie moods,” but “the revealed violations on the order of two orders of magnitude less.”
The movement “Golos” noted improvement in the quality of elections in comparison with previous election campaigns. According to the motion, in comparison with 2011 the number of fraud decreased, but remained ballot stuffing, “carousel” and cases of pressure on voters. “The voice” noted that “the use of administrative electoral technologies has shifted from the day of voting at the preceding stages of the electoral process”.
In the joint statement of the OSCE / ODIHR and the OSCE parliamentary Assembly stated that “numerous procedural violations were noted during the counting of votes. In General, the international observers recognized the increasing transparency of the voting process and praised his progress in 97% of polling stations observed as “good” or “very good”.
According to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the election results were a reaction of voters to the attempt of external pressure on Russia, threats of sanctions, attempts to destabilize the situation inside.” Under these circumstances, the people have chosen “the so-called stability,” said the head of state.