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Turnout in online vote on Russian constitutional amendments reaches 90%

Update: July, 01/2020 - 11:02

 

A woman casts her vote in a nationwide ballot on constitutional reforms at Russian Embassy in Hà Nội, Việt Nam on Wednesday. — VNS Photo Hồng Minh

MOSCOW — More than 1 million people have taken part in an online vote on amendments to the Russian Constitution, taking the voter turnout to 90 per cent, the voting monitoring center reported on Tuesday.

The online vote, which began at 10:00 on June 25, is an option available to the residents of Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod Region. As of 08:57 Moscow Time on Tuesday, the turnout hit 90.01 per cent. Some 1,054,904 ballot papers were accepted. The online vote would end in about 11 hours.

The nationwide vote on amendments to the Russian Constitution kicked off on June 25. Though the Russian president's decree sets July 1 as the official voting day, Russians were also provided with the opportunity to cast their ballots on June 25-30 in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

According to the Central Election Commission’s decision, polling stations across the country will be open from 8:00 to 20:00 between June 25 and July 1. People can also cast their ballots at home or in temporary locations set up in residential areas.

Vote counting will begin in regions after 20:00 local time on July 1, when polling stations close. Along with the extended voting period (from June 25 to July 1), people can cast their votes outside polling stations at specially organized voting areas, including outdoors, or use contactless voting at home or the Mobile Voter application.

Additionally, residents of Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod region could vote online.  — TASS

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