Russians in 94 countries can vote early

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Early voting for the Russian presidential elections in Russia has been opened in 94 countries, which is almost twice as much as in the last federal campaign – the Duma elections in 2016, said Vasily Likhachev, a member of the CEC of the Russian Federation.

The need for early voting is caused by the remoteness of some groups of voters from sites that are abroad, and as a rule, are held at Russian diplomatic missions.

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For example, in North Africa, “Rosatom” is engaged in the construction of facilities, and people work in places considerably far away from diplomatic missions. Therefore, the Central Election Committee together with the Russian Foreign Ministry are making efforts to ensure that such groups of voters have the opportunity to vote ahead of schedule without interfering with their work schedules.

Likhachev noted that on March 2, early voting began in Algeria, where more than 1.2 thousand Russians voted. On March 3,  four cities of Uzbekistan took part (with more than 41.5 thousand Russian voters in the country), three Azerbaijani cities (more than 8.6 thousand ), three cities of Armenia (20 thousand voters) and British Belfast. In addition, on March 4, voting began in seven cities in Spain, with a total of 35,000 Russian voters in the country, and on March 5 in three cities in South Korea.

As for the voting day itself on March 18, foreign sites will work according to local times and taking into account local conditions, the member of the CEC specified. “Thus, for example, voting abroad in the presidential election will begin in some parts of New Zealand on March 17 at 23.30,” Likhachev said.

 

Source RIA
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