An anti-record has been set in the elections in Yekaterinburg. He immediately found an explanation

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By-elections to the Ekaterinburg City Duma in two single-member constituencies – Verkh-Isetsky №2 and Leninsky №10 – were uninteresting to most residents of these territories, according to preliminary data from the city election commission two hours before the polls closed (final figures will be announced later). According to the commission’s estimates at 18:00 on March 27, the average turnout in the by-elections was 9.12% (6.01% in constituency №2 and 11.17% in constituency №10).

This is an anti-record for the by-elections to the City Duma in recent years. Thus, in the by-elections in constituency №14 (Ordzhonikidze district) and constituency №8 (Kirov district) in March 2017, the average turnout was 15.74% (14.56% and 16.92%, respectively), and in the by-elections in constituency № 4 (Verkh-Isetsky district) and district №9 (Leninsky district) in November 2020 the average turnout was 10.1% (9.93% and 10.36%, respectively).

As in 2020, the majority of voters – 66% – voted early (polling stations were opened on March 16). According to URA.RU, these are mostly state employees and other citizens loyal to United Russia, who were mobilized by the city authorities in order to restore the EP’s representation in the Duma.

Despite the relatively low numbers, the legitimacy of the voting results is not threatened, the chairman of the city election commission Vadim Antoshin made it clear to URA.RU. “We have no information that could call into question the will of the voters,” he told reporters.

Andrei Rusakov, a political scientist and director of the Center for European-Asian Studies, said that in his opinion, such a difference from previous years is due to the fact that people are now more interested in changing the international situation and socio-economic situation inside the country. “First, any election is not particularly relevant in itself, the minds of citizens are busy with other things, and secondly, the status of the city council is not unconditional,” the expert explained to the correspondent.

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By-elections to the Ekaterinburg City Duma in two single-member constituencies – Verkh-Isetsky №2 and Leninsky №10 – were uninteresting to most residents of these territories, according to preliminary data from the city election commission two hours before the polls closed (final figures will be announced later). According to the commission’s estimates at 18:00 on March 27, the average turnout in the by-elections was 9.12% (6.01% in constituency №2 and 11.17% in constituency №10). This is an anti-record for the by-elections to the City Duma in recent years. Thus, in the by-elections in constituency №14 (Ordzhonikidze district) and constituency №8 (Kirov district) in March 2017, the average turnout was 15.74% (14.56% and 16.92%, respectively), and in the by-elections in constituency № 4 (Verkh-Isetsky district) and district №9 (Leninsky district) in November 2020 the average turnout was 10.1% (9.93% and 10.36%, respectively). As in 2020, the majority of voters – 66% – voted early (polling stations were opened on March 16). According to URA.RU, these are mostly state employees and other citizens loyal to United Russia, who were mobilized by the city authorities in order to restore the EP’s representation in the Duma. Despite the relatively low numbers, the legitimacy of the voting results is not threatened, the chairman of the city election commission Vadim Antoshin made it clear to URA.RU. “We have no information that could call into question the will of the voters,” he told reporters. Andrei Rusakov, a political scientist and director of the Center for European-Asian Studies, said that in his opinion, such a difference from previous years is due to the fact that people are now more interested in changing the international situation and socio-economic situation inside the country. “First, any election is not particularly relevant in itself, the minds of citizens are busy with other things, and secondly, the status of the city council is not unconditional,” the expert explained to the correspondent.

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