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Russia has started delivery of absentee ballots

January 16 2008

From today, the territorial electoral commissions begin issuing absentee ballots for voting in presidential elections in Russia. These will be available until February 10.

And from February 11 to March 1 issue of absentee ballots will be engaged in election commissions.

With the help of an absentee certificate Russian voters that the election day on March 2 will not be at the place of permanent residence can vote at any polling station in the country, as well as on sections of educated abroad. For the presidential election has already produced and sent to the territorial election commissions of the order of 2.6 million absentee ballots, which is 200 thousand more than in the past Duma elections.

"Compared with the parliamentary elections, these documents have higher levels of protection", - said CEC secretary Nikolai Konkin. The CEC assured that by virtue of the measures envisaged, the possibility of fraudulent use of absentee ballots is virtually impossible. Moreover, the Criminal Code provides punishment for using fake identity until his arrest for a period of 3 to 6 months.

Last Duma elections on December 2 on absentee ballots voted one million 169 thousand voters, which is about 1% of the total number of voters, reports look.


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