76.4% of Russians today supported the constitutional amendments that would allow the president, Vladimir Putin, stay in the Kremlin beyond 2024, when his current mandate expires, according to 53.7% of the votes counted, according to official data.
In front of the majority “yes” that for now gathers the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), 22.7% rejected the constitutional reform in the plebiscite, which was held between June 25 and this Wednesday and in which the participation amounted to 64.9%. Most of the Russians who participated in the popular consultation chose to exercise their right to vote in the six days prior to the main date of the plebiscite on Wednesday.
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The authorities devised this mechanism for the first time with the excuse to avoid crowds in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, which the opposition considers conducive to committing fraud and manipulating results.
The president of the CEC, Ella Pamfílova, said at a press conference that there were no reports of serious infractions during the suffrage and assured that she only knows of “four” cases in which the result of the vote for possible eventualities may be questioned. “violations” in the electoral process.
Aside from paving the way for Putin’s possible stay in power beyond 2024, the new wording of the Russian Constitution includes a series of amendments – 206 in all – on changes in the country’s political and social life.
Among the amendments to the Magna Carta are the annual indexation of Russian pensions, the inclusion of God in the Constitution, marriage as the union of a man and a woman, as well as the prohibition to cede territory to other countries or the prevalence of the national Fundamental Law over international law.