Local elections completed in Crimea with very little turn around

The Russian electoral committee of annexed Crimea announced on the evening of September 10 that the voting on additional elections in the settlements of the peninsula was completed.

The official website of the department reported that all polling stations completed their work by 8:00 p.m. These were additional elections of deputies of the first convocation of the Crimean parliament controlled by the Kremlin and deputies of local authorities.

The chairman of the election committee, Mikhail Malyshev, said that the elections proceeded calmly; there were no violations of the public order.

As of 6:00 p.m., 142,582 people were included in the lists. 29060 Crimeans voted, which is 20% to 38% of the total number of voters, the ministry said.

In two single-seat electoral districts, 113,086 voters were included in the electoral lists in the additional election of deputies of the Crimean parliament. In total, as of 6:00 p.m., 24,284 Crimeans or 21.47% of the populace voted. At the additional elections of deputies of local authorities, 29,496 voters were included in the voter lists. 4,776 people or 16.19% voted, the election commission stated.

In Sevastopol, the head of the local election commission spoke about the 30.5% turnout.

Speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mariana Betsa said that Kyiv does not recognize Russian elections in the annexed Crimea, considering them a violation of international law and Ukrainian laws.

The European Union also does not recognize the "gubernatorial elections" that took place in Russian-annexed Sevastopol on September 10 or the elections of the head of the city's government controlled by the Kremlin, the press secretary of the European External Action Service, Maja Kocijančić said.

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