Suspicions of major electoral fraud have lingered on the second day of elections in Russia.
Elections in this country take place in three days.
The ruling Kremlin-backed United Russia party is expected to win parliamentary elections following a crackdown on Kremlin critics, some of whom have been barred from running in the election.
On the first day of the election, the independent election observation group Golos recorded about 2,000 procedural violations.
According to this group, the mass arrival of people in uniform at polling stations has been very widespread, suggesting that the Government has mobilized state workers, in order to ensure victory for the ruling party.
There have also been reports that people have voted several times, as well as ballot box stuffing.
The media in St. Petersburg reported suspicious cases of “multiple voting”, in which citizens voted in different polling stations, while the Znak website said that a Moscow resident offered people $ 15 to vote for the party. United Russia.
The race is taking place for the 450 seats in the lower house of parliament, or the State Duma.
This electoral process is taking place together with the local elections in some regions.
Preliminary results are expected after the polls close on September 19th.
In recent months, authorities have launched a crackdown on allies of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has said it will not send election observers for the first time in almost three decades due to “severe restrictions” imposed by Russian authorities.
The party, United Russia, has so far had a convincing majority in the State Duma, but the popularity of this party is currently at its lowest level in almost two decades or since it has existed / REL.
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