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Putin casts ballot in Russia's presidential election

Some 145,000 observers are monitoring the voting in the world's largest country, including 1,500 foreigners and representatives from opposition leader Alexei Navalny's political movement.

Published: 18th March 2018 12:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th March 2018 01:11 PM   |  A+A-

Russian President Vladimir Putin (File Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

MOSCOW: The Latest on Russia's presidential election (all times local):
10:15 a.m.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has cast his ballot in the presidential election, seeking a mandate for a fourth term.

Putin is certain to win in Sunday's election, so voter apathy is widespread. Authorities have spent unprecedented funds to get out the vote to ensure he has a strong mandate for his next six years in office.
Some 145,000 observers are monitoring the voting in the world's largest country, including 1,500 foreigners and representatives from opposition leader Alexei Navalny's political movement.
Navalny himself is barred from running. Putin faces seven challengers but none poses a serious threat.
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9 a.m.
Election monitors are reporting irregularities at voting stations across Russia in a presidential election whose only open question is how many people cast ballots.

Vladimir Putin is certain to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, so voter apathy is widespread. Authorities have spent unprecedented funds to get out the vote to ensure he has a strong mandate for his next six years in office.

Election monitoring group Golos reported dozens of apparent violations Sunday, from the Russian Far East to Moscow. The problems included multiple ballot boxes placed out of sight of observation cameras, and last-minute voter registration changes likely designed to boost turnout.

Some 145,000 observers are monitoring the voting in the world's largest country, including 1,500 foreigners and representatives from opposition leader Alexei Navalny's political movement.
Navalny himself is barred from running. Putin faces seven challengers but none poses a serious threat.
 



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