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World Voting on Russian constitution ends

06:50  01 july  2020
06:50  01 july  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Voting on the greatest constitutional amendment in the country's history ends today in Russia. With the new constitution, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin can remain in power permanently if he is re-elected.

Tagelang stimmt die Menschen in Russland über die größte Verfassungsänderung der russischen Geschichte ab. © Photo: Musa Sadulayev / AP / dpa For days, the people of Russia voted on the greatest constitutional change in Russian history.

The last voting day is also the main election day - a state-prescribed day off in Russia. First results are expected after the polling stations in the Baltic exclave Kaliningrad, the former northern East Prussia, will be closed at 8:00 p.m. CEST. The largest country in the world has eleven time zones.

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Russia has begun voting on constitutional reforms that could allow President Vladimir Putin to serve another two terms in office. The official vote is scheduled for 1 July, but authorities said they were opening polling stations a week early to stop overcrowding amid the pandemic.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the all- Russian vote on the amendments to the national constitution will be held on July 1

A total of 110.5 million voters are called to decide on the changes that will allow Putin to remain in office with more powers over the next 16 years. According to the current constitution, he would have to withdraw in four years. Critics accuse the 67-year-old of a coup d'état.

The Russian President once again campaigned on Tuesday to vote for the changes with a patriotic appeal. Stability and prosperity could be better secured with the new constitution, he said in a speech. Therefore, count every vote. Approval is deemed to have been set. The Kremlin also hopes for a high turnout in the Corona crisis.

In order to minimize the risk of infection, the referendum was extended over six days. Many people did not dare to go to the polling stations for fear of being infected. Therefore, an online vote was also possible, election observers also came to the people's homes with the ballot boxes. Observers from the non-governmental organization Golos criticized that the electoral secret, in particular, was not respected. Opponents of the Kremlin say that this makes it more difficult to control.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Tuesday on all the Russians to take part in the vote on amendments to the national constitution , stressing that the amendments will come into force only if citizens support them.

The online vote will end in about 11 hours. The nationwide vote on amendments to the Russian Constitution kicked off on June 25. Though the Russian president's decree sets July 1 as the official voting day, Russians were also provided with the opportunity to cast their ballots on June 25-30 in

The observers spoke of hundreds of violations, thousands of reports had already been received. Citizens would be massively harassed and in some places forced by employers to vote. In addition, there were multiple votes, ID cards were not checked.

According to the central election commission, a large proportion of the eligible people had voted online until Tuesday. The cosmonaut Anatoli Ivanischin also exercised his right to vote in this way, the space agency Roskosmos said. He was the first person to have chosen in space, it said. In anonymous post-election surveys, according to data from state pollsters, 76 percent said they had voted "yes".

Putin originally wanted to hold the referendum in April, but because of the corona pandemic, he postponed the date. Shortly before the vote, the months-long lockdown was lifted despite the still high number of infections in the metropolis of Moscow. Experts stressed that this could have an impact on voting behavior. After the long curfews, people were more optimistic and would not yet question the actions of the authorities, a political scientist told Echo Moskwy.

Here's what it means for Russia if Putin rules until 2036 .
Russian President Vladimir Putin won a referendum on constitutional changes allowing him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote produced an overwhelming result in favor of a package of amendments -- officially 77.9% supporting, 21.3% against -- that the Kremlin hailed it as a "triumphant referendum of confidence" in Putin.

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