( March 05, 2012, Moscow, Sri Lanka Guardian) With over 98 percent of all ballots counted, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin received 63.97 percent of the vote in Russia’s March 4 presidential elections, the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) said on Monday.
Putin needs to surpass the 50% threshold to win in the first round and avoid the runoff.
His main rival Gennady Zyuganov received 17.17 percent of the vote. Independent candidate Mikhail Prokhorov comes third with 7.65 percent, beating Russian political veteran Vladimir Zhirinovsky (6.24 percent). The A Just Russia party candidate and former Federation Council speaker Sergei Mironov received 3.83 percent of the vote.
The average election turnout stands at about 64 percent, CEC Chairman Vladimir Churov said.
© RIA Novosti. Dmitry Astakhov