Matvienko said there were no serious violations in the elections to the State Duma

Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko said on Sunday, September 19, that there were no serious violations that could cast doubt on the will of voters in the elections to the State Duma of Russia.

“No serious violations, it is obvious today, that could change the course of voting, affect the expression of will [граждан], No. Yes, there were labor violations, to give credit to the Central Election Commission, it does not sweep them under the rug, it publicly declares, ”Matvienko emphasized on the Russia 1 TV channel.

She added that the last elections were democratic, transparent and legitimate.

“The elections were absolutely democratic, transparent and legitimate. And I want to confirm this, ”said Matvienko.

The speaker of the Federation Council explained that the attitude of citizens towards them speaks first of all about the legitimacy of the elections.

“So far, preliminary data, but it is already obvious that the activity of citizens was quite high,” she said.

Earlier on Sunday, CEC chairwoman Ella Pamfilova announced that more than 8,000 ballots at 54 polling stations in Russia were invalidated. She added that 12 cases of ballot stuffing were confirmed in eight regions of Russia.

Pamfilova also fired the chairman of the territorial election commission in the Stavropol Territory due to a violation at the site in Pyatigorsk. The footage shown in the Central Election Commission shows how at PEC 1085 in this city at night there were people in the room where the safes with ballots are located. The camera, which was directed at these safes, was covered with a rag.

The head of the CEC called such an act the height of cynicism, arrogance and complete confidence in impunity. She called for an early transfer of materials to the police.

The CEC also clearly demonstrated how difficult it is to stuff ballots in the ongoing elections to the State Duma. The journalists were asked to throw in some ballots, but the gap in the ballot box was too narrow.

In 2021, elections to the State Duma were held for the first time in a new, three-day format. September 19 was the main voting day, and September 17 and 18 were optional.

In seven regions of the country, it was possible to vote both online and in person at a polling station. The possibility of electronic voting was provided to residents of Moscow, Murmansk, Kursk, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov and Yaroslavl regions, as well as Sevastopol.

Simultaneously with the elections to the State Duma on a single voting day, direct elections were held for the heads of nine Russian constituent entities (in three more regions, deputies of legislative assemblies elected the highest administrative persons) and 39 regional parliaments.

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