Penza region gubernatorial election concludes: vote counting begins
Penza, 13 September 2015. PenzaNews. The voting period of the Penza region gubernatorial election ended at 20.00 after beginning at 8.00 of Sunday, September 13. All polling stations have closed. The committees began the vote counting procedure.
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According to official information of the regional election committee, the voter turnout at 18.00 was calculated at 54.12%.
Earlier, the overall turnout in the Penza region reached 9.72% by 10.00, 26.09% by 12.00, and 42.98% by 15.00.
However, as no minimum turnout level was set beforehand, the election will be deemed valid regardless of the eventual constituent turnout.
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 and were protected by some 1,500 police officers.
All five officially registered candidates – Ivan Belozertsev (United Russia), Vladimir Simagin (CPRF), Zhigansha Tuktarov (LDPR), Vladimir Popkov (“Rodina”) and Gennady Yeroshin (“A Just Russia”) – have cast their votes in their voting areas before 12.00.
Among the people who did the same before noon are the chairman of the Penza region Legislative Assembly Valery Lidin, the Penza city head Victor Kuvaytsev, the State Duma deputy Igor Rudensky, the former governor Vasily Bochkarev, and the first chairman of the CPRF regional committee, regional Legislative Assembly deputy Georgy Kamnev.
The electoral lists of the Penza region includes 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.