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Hundreds of Russians to vote in elections.

Bahrain: Hundreds of Russian nationals living in Bahrain will cast their votes today in their country's parliamentary elections.

Ballot boxes have been set up at the Russian Embassy in Zinj for the elections that will select members of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly

The embassy's consular section, where the boxes are located, will be open between 8am and 8pm today, said a spokesman.

"We urge all Russian nationals, who are residents or visiting, to come and vote, which is primarily their right and additionally their responsibility and duty as Russian citizens to vote for their future," the spokesman told the GDN.

"Russians, aged 18 and above, may vote and they must bring their valid passports as an identity document to exercise their voting right.

"Those who do not have their passports with them for any reason should produce the out-pass, a document issued by the embassy which is a certificate of return when they land in the country.

"The voting process is manual with a ballot paper having the list of candidates and the voters get to make a tick mark with ink on their choice.

"The ballot with the vote is then deposited in a sealed box.

"The counting of the votes will take place the next day which is an internal procedure and the results will be sent to the committee in Russia which oversees the elections.

"We hope to see a good turnout of our nationals on voting day."

According to official statistics, there are approximately 300 Russians in Bahrain.

At stake are the 450 seats in the State Duma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, which will be elected on a single day for a term of five years.

United Russia is currently the ruling party after having won the 2011 elections with 49.32 per cent of the votes, taking 238 seats (53pc) of the seats in the house. Today's parliamentary elections have been brought forward from December 4, which was accepted by Russia's Constitutional Court on July 1 last year.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Geographic Code:4EXRU
Date:Sep 18, 2016
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