Penza region voter turnout reaches 26% by noon
Penza, 13 September 2015. PenzaNews. The voter turnout by 12.00 of the Penza region gubernatorial election was calculated at 26.09%, a regional election committee officer informed PenzaNews agency.
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This constitutes a total of 283,671 voters, the committee officer clarified.
As PenzaNews agency reported earlier, September 13 is the day of the Penza region gubernatorial election, as well as special elections of deputies for local government bodies of several municipalities.
All 1,105 polling stations in the Penza region for the gubernatorial election opened at 8.00. They will remain operational until 20.00, at which point vote counting will begin.
The five officially registered candidates for the Penza region gubernatorial election are Vladimir Simagin (CPRF), Zhigansha Tuktarov (LDPR), Ivan Belozertsev (United Russia), Gennady Yeroshin (“A Just Russia”) and Vladimir Popkov (“Rodina”).
According to the Penza region Ministry of the Interior department, some 1,500 police officers will protect the public peace during the unified election day.
The Penza region election committee estimates the voter turnout for the gubernatorial election at 45-50%. However, as no minimum turnout level was set beforehand, the election will be deemed valid regardless of the eventual constituent turnout.
As of 18.00 of Saturday, September 12, the electoral registers of the Penza region include a total of 1,085,392 persons.
The previous public gubernatorial election in the Penza region were held in 2002, 13 years ago, when Vasily Bochkarev won the vote and went over for the second term, leaving behind his closest competitor Victor Ilyukhin, State Duma deputy for the Communist Party.