Pro-Putin parties lead in early results, counting of votes started immediately after voting in Russia
Parties pro-President Vladimir Putin seem to be getting an edge again in Russia's parliamentary elections. In the counting of votes that started after polling time, initial results have gone in favor of the pro-government United Russia party. Counting of votes cast in about nine percent of the country's polling stations showed that the United Russia Party got about 38 percent of the votes there. Any proposal to change the constitution will be passed in Parliament only after the pro-government parties get a two-thirds majority.
Earlier on Sunday, the opposition's influence in the vote was also less because the main opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in jail for a long time and his party was removed from the election, calling it an extremist organization. Early election results show that the three parties supporting the government are returning with a majority in the Parliament State Duma. Among them is the New People Party formed in 2020.
The Communist Party received 25% of the party-list vote. A big improvement from the 13 per cent achieved in the last election in 2016. United Russia then got about 54% of the vote. Therefore, early results indicate a substantial downside break in support. Before the election, Putin had hoped that the United Russia Party would retain its dominance in parliament, where it held 334 of the 450 seats. The party is the basis of Putin's power, it is much less popular than the president himself.