Kremlin party achieves two-thirds majority in the Duma

The ruling party renewed its constitutional majority
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with members of the United Russia party with the party logo in the background in Moscow, Russia.

PHOTO/MIKHAIL VOSKRESSENSKY  -   Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with members of the United Russia party with the party logo in the background in Moscow, Russia

The Kremlin's United Russia party renewed its constitutional majority in the Duma, or lower house of the Russian parliament, after winning more than two-thirds of the chamber's 315 seats in elections that ended on Sunday, sources from the ruling party confirmed on Monday.

"According to data as of 8 a.m. (05.00 GMT), United Russia won more than 48 per cent of citizens' votes, giving us 120 seats. At the same time, our candidates are leading in 195 majority constituencies," the party's secretary general, Andrei Turchak, was quoted as saying by Interfax.

After 70 per cent of the ballots were counted, United Russia won 48.46 per cent of the votes, the country's Central Election Commission (CEC) said.

In addition, the ruling party's candidates led in almost two hundred of the 225 majority constituencies at stake.

Un hombre deposita su voto en un colegio electoral durante las elecciones parlamentarias en Moscú, Rusia, el viernes 17 de septiembre de 2021
AP/PAVEL GOLOVKIN - A man casts his vote at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.

In the 2016 elections, the ruling party won more than 54.20 per cent of the vote, which allowed it to win 334 seats and pass laws without needing to make a deal with the opposition in parliament.

In second place, according to preliminary data from the CEC after a vote that was extended for three days due to the coronavirus pandemic, is the Communist Party with 20.30 per cent of the support, compared to the 13.34 per cent it had obtained in the 2016 elections.

The Liberal-Democratic Party (7.69 per cent), the social democrats of Just Russia (7.43 per cent) and the newly formed New People (5.55 per cent) also exceeded the 5 per cent threshold needed to enter the chamber.

Miembros de una comisión electoral cuentan las papeletas después de votar en un colegio electoral tras las elecciones parlamentarias en el pueblo de Nikolayevka, a las afueras de Omsk, Rusia, el domingo 19 de septiembre de 2021
AP/EVGENIY SOFICHUK - Members of an election commission count ballots after voting at a polling station following parliamentary elections in the village of Nikolayevka, outside Omsk, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

More than 110 million citizens were called to the polls, of whom 2.6 million had registered to vote electronically in Moscow and six regions.

Voter turnout was over 45 per cent, according to official figures.

Shortly before the polls closed, communists denounced fraud in several regions of the country, from the European part of the country to Siberia and the Far East.

Un hombre mira una pantalla que muestra los colegios electorales, en la sede de la Comisión Electoral Central de Rusia en Moscú, Rusia 19 de septiembre de 2021
REUTERS/SHAIL ZHUMATOV - A man looks at a screen showing polling stations, at the headquarters of the Russian Central Election Commission in Moscow, Russia September 19, 2021

In turn, the CEC downplayed the significance of the violations, claiming that they did not influence the final outcome of the elections.

The Ministry of the Interior also confirmed that there were no irregularities during the three days of voting that could have had an impact on the outcome of the elections.