Crimean elections can be declared invalid under Russia's law

The reason may be a low voter turnout in the cities of Simferopol and Sevastopol as it constitutes 40%.

20 September 2016 10:22

An average voter turnout in the so-called elections to the State Duma in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, that vote for the first time, has exceeded 40%. In Crimea the turnout constituted 42.37%, while in the city of Sevastopol - 40.32%, according to BBC News.

According to the exit poll by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center, four parties will enter the State Duma of the Russian Federation: "United Russia" (44.5%), the Liberal Democratic Party (15.3%), Communist Party (14.9%) and "Fair Russia" (8,1% ). Apple Party gained 3.5%, Communists of Russia - 2.6%, "Homeland" - 2.3%, the Pensioners' Party - 2.0%, "Party of Growth" - 1.8%, Parnas (People's Freedom Party ) - 1.2%, "Patriots of Russia" - 0.8%, Russian ecological party "Green" - 0.8%, "Civic Platform" - 0.3%, "Civil Force" - 0.2%, 1.7% of voters spoiled the ballot papers, reported BBC News.

"United Russia" nominees are leading the elections to the State Duma on 77 single-mandate constituencies out of 87. The Communist Party has two single-mandate members leading, the Liberal Democratic Party - four, while "Party of Growth", "Civic Platform", "Motherland" and " Fair Russia" have one for each party.

Under the Article 70 of the Federal Law as of May 18, 2005 № 51-FZ "On elections of MPs of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly," the election commission recognizes the elections invalid should the voting be conducted for one candidate and the respective candidate secures less than 50 per cent of the votes.

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