The 6th State Duma elections in the Russian Federation are now over and votes continue to be counted. At 23:45 p.m. Moscow time 46.2% voted for United Russia, 21.03% – for the Communist Party, 11.1% – for the Liberal Democratic Party, 12.8% – for Just Russia, 2.00% – for Yabloko, 0.50% – for Right Cause, 1.01% – for Patriots of Russia.
It is the first time that the Russian parliament is being elected for a five-year term.
Over 100mln Russians who have the right to vote are electing 450 MPs representing seven political parties to the State Duma, the lower chamber of parliament.
For the first time in the history of contemporary Russia all the registered political parties have taken part in the elections to the lower chamber of parliament: United Russia, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Just Russia, Yabloko, Right Cause and Patriots of Russia.
Numerous delegations of foreign experts are monitoring the election process. They represent the CIS, the OSCE, the PACE, the European Council, the SCO and the Nordic Council. The heads of Central Election Commissions of 20 countries have been invited.
In total, 700 international and half a million Russian observers are monitoring the elections.