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ITAR-TASS, December 8, 2003

Results of elections in the CIS and foreign countries

MOSCOW, December 8 (Itar-Tass) -- Voting in the December 7 Duma elections at all 348 polling stations set up abroad went smoothly, Central Election Commission chairman Alexander Veshnyakov said.

He told journalists on Monday that the Central Election Commission had already received some data from these polling stations, but that the final results would be announced within eight days of the receipt of all documents.

Veshnyakov said 6,519 people voted in Abkhazia and 2,841 in South Ossetia. The Central Election Commission had to print another 20,000 ballots urgently to allow Russian citizens in Georgia to vote for parties and as many to vote for candidates in a one-seat constituency. However the number of people who actually voted was quite small. He believes this proves that "one cannot give in to emotions and political passions."

BERLIN. Most Russian citizens who voted in Germany supported United Russia. Out of 4,205 people who voted at the Russian embassy in Berlin, 1,104 voted for this party, 990 for the Union of Right-Wing Forces, 835 for YABLOKO, 286 for Rodina, 215 for the Communist Party, 88 for the Liberal Democratic Party, 71 for the Russian Party of Pensioners and Social Justice, and 23 for the Agrarian Party.

Polling stations in Germany were set up at the Russian embassy in Berlin and the consulates general in Hamburg, Bonn, Munich and Leipzig.

TASHKENT. Russian citizens living Uzbekistan voted for United Russia. The head of the polling station at the Russian embassy in Tashkent, Igor Demidov, told Itar-Tass on Monday that 48.58 percent (671 out of 1,381 people who came to the polls) voted for United Russia, 11.97 percent for Rodina, 8.32 for the Communist Party, 8.11 percent for the Liberal Democratic Party, 7.82 percent for YABLOKO, and 5.54 percent for the Union of Right-Wing Forces.

Valery Ryazansky, who is a member of United Russia's political council, won in a one-seat constituency with 42.94 percent of votes, leaving his closest opponents Valery Borshchev of YABLOKO (15.06 percent) and Yaroslav Severovich of the Communist Party (13.83 percent) trailing far behind.

ASHGABAT. Most Russians who voted in Turkmenistan cast their ballots for United Russia. According to the Russian consulate in this country, up to 40 percent of Russians who permanently live in Turkmenistan and came to the polls voted for United Russia.

Most of them have dual citizenship. The turnout for the country was 3,072 and for Ashgabat 1,832. Those who voted in the elections make up about 5% of Russian citizens permanently residing in Turkmenistan, Consul Andrei Brovarets told Itar-Tass. In his view, this is a normal indicator of activity of voters abroad. About 63,000 Russian citizens permanently living in Turkmenistan and eligible to vote are registered at the consulate.

KIEV. United Russia received 55.2 percent of votes in the Duma elections held in Ukraine. It is followed by the Liberal Democratic Party with 12.1 percent of votes, the Communist Party with 6.9 percent, and Rodina with 8.3 percent, Minister-Counsellor of the Russian embassy in Kiev Vsevolod Loskutov told Itar-Tass. He cited results from polling stations set up the embassy and consulates in Kharkov, Lvov, Odessa, Simferopol and the Black Sea Fleet.

YABLOKO receievd 2.9 percent of votes, and the Union of Right-Wing Forces 2.7 percent.

A total of 17,900 people voted in the Duma elections in Ukraine. There are 62,000 Russians registered at the diplomatic missions. They could vote at 21 polling stations that were set up for the occasion.

MOSCOW. United Russia received the largest number of votes in seven CIS states.

According to preliminary data, it was supported by 48.6 percent in Uzbekistan, 45,9 percent in Kyrgyzstan, 44.4 percent in Moldova, 44 percent in Azerbaijan, 40 percent in Tajikistan and as many in Turkmenistan, 29.6 percent in Estonia.

In Latvia and Lithuania the party was second with 30.19 percent and 26.2 percent respectively. Rodina received 32.05 percent in Latvia, 27.6 percent in Lithuania, 28.6 percent in Estonia, 13.97 percent in Uzbekistan and 14.7percent in Moldova.

The Liberal Democratic Party was second in Kyrgyzstan (13.5 percent) and Moldova (16.4 percent), and the Communist Party was second in Azerbaijan (15.8 percent) and Tajikistan (22 percent). It came in third in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia and Lithuania.

No preliminary results from other CIS states are available at this point.

MOSCOW. Four or five candidates running in one-seat constituencies from the Union of Right-Wing Forces and YABLOKO will get seats in the new Duma. YABLOKO leader Grigory Yavlinsky did not run in a one-seat constituency and his colleague Vladimir Lukin, who was deputy speaker in the previous Duma, lost in the elections. YABLOKO candidates who were elected are Sergei Popov, Mikhail Zadoronov, Galina Khovanskaya and Mikhail Yemelyanov.

The Union of Right-Wing Forces has a similar situation. Neither Boris Nemtsov nor Anatoly Chubais ran for the Duma in one-seat constituencies. Irina Khakamada ran in St. Petersburg but lost to Gennady Seleznyov. Only Boris Nadezhdin and Pavel Krasheninnikov were elected in one-seat constituencies from the Union of Right-Wing Forces.

Both parties said it was too early to speak about the creation of deputies' groups in the new Duma. Such group needs at least 35 members.


See also:

State Duma elections 2003

ITAR-TASS, December 8, 2003

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