On 9 September 2019 the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova, speaking at the Information Center of the CEC of Russia, summed up the results of the elections on a single voting day on 8 September 2019. In particular, the preliminary results of the by-elections of deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the seventh convocation in single-seat constituencies.
“Speak about voter turnout, the final average figure for elections to government bodies in the administrative centers of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation was 41.2 percent,” said the head of the CEC of Russia. “If you compare the figures with the elections on a single voting day of 2018, then the turnout at the same type of elections was 37.6 percent.”
The Head of the CEC of Russia particularly noted the activity of candidates nominated through self-nomination at all level elections, as well as very active participation in campaigns of non-parliamentary parties, competing with their parliamentary “colleagues.” “Increased competition is a good signal,” said Ella Pamfilova.
The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia said that there won’t be second rounds in all regions where the election of the heads of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation was held.
Speaking on electoral irregularities, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation reported that according to current information, in four constituent entities of the Russian Federation, the results of voting at eight polling stations have been completely canceled or are planned to be canceled in the near future. These are polling stations in the Republic of Crimea, the city of Sergiev Posad, in the Oryol region and in St. Petersburg. The cancellation of the results is related to different violations during the counting of votes and the establishment of the results of the vote, which do not allow reliable determination of the will of voters.
“We can say that the number of violations on a campaign scale is negligible. In general, the campaign went quietly,” said the Head of the Commission.
Ella Pamfilova said that about 232 thousand observers, members of election commissions with no voting right and representatives of the media attended polling stations during elections in 85 regions of the country on the election day. On average at every polling station there were 4 - 5 observers, members of election commissions with no voting right and media representatives.
“The campaign turned out to be very interesting and, contrary to all arguments about weak competition, very competitive,” emphasized the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia.
On 8 September 2019, about 6 thousand elections of various levels were held in 85 regions of the Russian Federation. This number includes by-elections to the State Duma in four single-seat constituencies, elections of deputies of legislative assemblies in 13 regions, elections of governors in 16 regions, elections of deputies of city assemblies in 22 administrative centers, and the heads of municipalities were elected in three regional capitals.