“They know that with free and fair elections and no censorship they will not last long”
Garry Kasparov, Other Russia opposition leader
“We can say with certainty that support for United Russia is high across the board,” said Boris Gryzlov.
Election officials said United Russia had won 60.5 per cent of the seats up for grabs in regional assemblies, while the opposition Communist Party was second with 12.5 per cent.
Fair Russia was close behind with 11.7 per cent of seats, followed by the nationalist Liberal Democrats on 4.7 per cent.
There were no complete figures available for the share of the vote across the 14 regions.
Voting in Sunday’s legislative assemblies began a year of elections that will include the national parliament ballot and will be capped by Russians choosing Vladimir Putin’s successor.
|Critics claim the new election rules were
designed to stifle dissent [Reuters]
Critics say the new rules that applied to Sunday’s ballot for the legislative assemblies in 14 of the 56 regions stifled dissent and were not democratic.
The Gazeta newspaper said: “The election process overall has become meaningless in its present form.