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Putin re-elected
March 15, 2004
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Written by Julie A. Corwin and Robert Coalson
Posted by HW on November 20, 2019

71.2% for Putin
With 99 percent of the ballots counted, President Vladimir Putin on 14 March won Russia's presidential election, polling 71.2 percent of the vote, Russian media reported on 15 March, citing Central Election Commission (TsIK) Chairman Aleksandr Veshnyakov.

64.3% turnout
Voter turnout for the poll was 64.3 percent, the TsIK reported, according to lenta.ru.
Communist Party candidate and State Duma Deputy Nikolai Kharitonov came in second with 13.7 percent, while State Duma Deputy Sergei Glazev was third with 4.1 percent, Irina Khakamada was fourth with 3.9 percent, Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) candidate Oleg Malyshkin was fifth with 2 percent, and Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov was sixth with 0.8 percent of the vote.

2000 elections
In 2000, Putin received 52.9 percent of the vote, according to official results, with Communist Party leader Gennadii Zyuganov coming in second with 29.21 percent. Official results of the 14 March election will be released no later than 25 March.

Violations
On the evening of 14 March, presidential candidates Glazev and Khakamada held a joint press conference in Moscow, at which they revealed information about purported election-law violations, newsru.com reported. Khakamada reported that the Public Center for Control of the Presidential Elections had received 109 complaints.

Manipulation
Some examples of the alleged violations included campaigning for President Putin on the day of the election and the manipulation of voter lists that had not been properly sealed. According to Ekho Moskvy, the center had reports of violations in almost all of the districts of Moscow. There were also reported violations connected with absentee ballots.
The center was organized by Glazev and Khakamada, together with Communist Party candidate Kharitonov.
 
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