Vladimir Putin wins Presidential elections by big margin
By Khaama Press - Mon Mar 19 2018, 8:44 am
The Central Election Commission of Russia has said Mr. Putin has secured more than 76 percent of the votes during the Sunday’s elections.
In his speech after the announcement of the preliminary vote counts, Russia told the participant of a rally that the votes had “recognized the achievements of the last few years.”
The other candidates in the elections, millionaire communist Pavel Grudinin has received 12 percent of the votes while a former reality TV host Ksenia Sobchak has received 2 percent votes.
Nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky has received 6 percent of the votes however the country’s main opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred from the race.
This comes as Putin had secured around 64 percent of the votes during the 2012 Presidential elections.
In the meantime, reports indicate that ballot stuffing has taken place in certain voting centers in the key cities of Russia.
According to the media reports, several election officials have been seen in video recordings as they stuff boxes with ballot papers in favor of the candidates.
The independent election monitoring group Golos has also reported irregularities during the polling day, including the discovery of ballot papers in the boxes when they were opened as well as the barring of observers in polling stations.