Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election with 87.29%: Preliminary results

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Mon, 18 Mar 2024 10:02 GMT
99.75% of ballots counted after 3-day presidential election that saw record turnout of 77.44%, according to election authority chief.
Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election with 87.29%: Preliminary results

Vladimir Putin received 87.32% of the vote in Russia's three-day presidential election, with 99.75% of ballots counted, the head of country’s election authority said on Monday.

Ella Pamfilova, head of the Russian Central Election Commission, said during a press conference in Moscow that Putin got 75.9 million votes in the election.

She added that 87.1 million people had voted in the polls, amounting to a record turnout of 77.44%, surpassing the previous high of 74.66% in the 1991 presidential election.

More than 12 million DDoS cyberattacks had been carried out on the Central Election Commission's resources during the three-day vote, Pamfilova added.

She went on to say that Putin's closest competitor Nikolai Kharitonov, supported by Russia's Communist Party, received 4.3% of votes, while the New People party's Vladislav Davankov got 3.84%, followed by Liberal Democratic Party of Russia candidate Leonid Slutsky with 3.21%.

The Central Election Commission will sum up the results of the presidential election on March 21, Pamfilova added.

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