United Day of Voting in Russian regions
Russia held a United Day of Voting on 13 March when over 3,000 different polls were held to elect 20,452 local legislators and heads of executive bodies.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that the pro-Kremlin United Russia party had won in all the regions where polls were held and that the results were “more than satisfying”. The party is expected to get a majority in the legislative bodies of 12 regions.
The poll, which saw accusations of electoral irregularities, is seen as an early start to the campaign for the State Duma elections to be held on 4 December. Putin, who is also chairman of United Russia, remains undecided about whether to lead the party list, saying it is too early to take such a decision and that he will discuss it with colleagues nearer the time.