78.03 per cent Russians support constitutional amendments: Officials after counting 99 per cent of ballots

Russian president Vladimir Putin during his TV-adress to the nation, Jun 23, 2020. Image: Rossiya 24 TV Channel. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

MOSCOW, Jul 2, 2020, TASS. About 78.03% of Russians have voted in support of constitutional amendments, as follows from the data from the Central Election Commission (CEC) after counting 99.02% of ballots, TASS reported.

According to the CEC, as many as 21.16% of votes were against. The voter turnout, according to the latest update, was 65%

The nationwide voting on constitutional amendments ended in Russia at 21:00 Moscow time. Voting started in Russia on June 25. The official voting day under the presidential decree was July 1 but due to the coronavirus situation the voting period was extended for a week, from June 25 through July 1. Vote counting began in regions after 20:00 local time on July 1, when polling stations closed.

Along with the extended voting period (from June 25 to July 1), people could cast their votes outside polling stations at specially organized voting areas, including outdoors, or use contactless voting at home or the Mobile Voter application. Additionally, residents of Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod region could vote online.

The amendments will come into force if supported by more than a half of those taking part. There is no minimum voter turnout.

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