Russian poll body declares Putin`s party as winner

Russia`s election body Saturday declared Premier Vladimir Putin`s ruling United Russia Party as the winner of the parliamentary polls.

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2011, 09:06 AM IST

Moscow: Russia`s election body Saturday declared
Premier Vladimir Putin`s ruling United Russia Party as the winner of the parliamentary polls, as the capital braced for a massive rally tomorrow challenging the just concluded exercise
amid charges of mass irregularities and ballot rigging.

In a televised sitting of the Central Election Commission
(CEC), its Chairman Vladimir Churov signed the official
results declaring the United Russia party bagged 238 seats in
the 450-strong sixth Duma elected for five years.

In the wake of anti-incumbency wave it lost absolute
majority by losing 77 seats.

The runners-up the Communist Party (KPRF) won 92 seats
followed by A Just Russia with 64 and Liberal Democratic Party
of Russia (LDPR) with 56 seats respectively.

Remaining three parties in the fray including liberal
Yabloko failed to clear 7 percent threshold to get seats in
the lower house on the proportionate basis.

While signing the finals results at least one member of
the CEC recorded his `special view` on the poll outcome, while
the representative of the Communist Party demanded the
resignation of Churov in view of numerous reports of fraud and
ballot rigging stoking wave of protests across the nation.

On Saturday a mass protest rally has been organised in
Moscow and the opposition is holding protest demonstrations in
at least two dozen Russian cities seeking fresh elections and
Churov`s resignation.

Russian opposition leaders will hold, what they claim is
the biggest countrywide rallies tomorrow to seek fresh polls
of the State Duma in view of alleged rigging by Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin`s United Russia Party in last weekend`s
parliamentary elections.

PTI