Presidency polls in Russia commenced from Sunday. The former president and the current prime minister Vladimir Putin is poised to win the elections beating other four competitors.
Opinion polls ahead of the vote depicted that Putin on his way to win the presidency outright, with more than 50% of the votes. If he falls short, a runoff would be held in the coming weeks.
It was expected that Putin closest electoral competitor could have been Gennady Zyuganov who is a Communist leader. Gennady Zyuganov is a serial election loser as this would be his fourth defeat.
Russia's third-richest man and New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov would be the only fresh face in the pack. Two other candidates, right-wing Vladimir Zhirinovsky and left-leaning Sergey Mironov have also run and lost in the past.
The winner of the election will be appointed as president in early May, after current president and junior member of Putin’s party Dmitry Medvedev steps down from his duties.
The first regions to register votes in Russia are Kamchatka and Magadan where voting commenced on Saturday/Sunday midnight Moscow time.
The result of the election will come out after westward area of Russia Kaliningrad exclave vote at 9:00 p.m. The official result of polling is expected by midnight Sunday/Monday or in the early hours of Monday.
Arrangements for election
It is estimated that about 110 million voters are expected to register votes, in order to remove any king of fraud. Election commission has rigged webcams in 96,000 polling stations and has tested new webcams to keep an eye on voters and vote counters.
Putin said new webcams cost $US435 million and are aimed to provide error free election, oppositions has said fraud cannot be prevent only through cameras.
Putin favorite to win
Vladimir Putin who was Russia former President has headed the state from 2000-2008 before leaving his seat for Dmitri Medvedev. However, disputed December parliamentary polls has reduced Putin popularity but, he is still the favorite to win the election according to the survey.
Survey states that Putin will get 60 percent votes more than 50 percent required to avoid a runoff. Alexei Mukhin head of Centre of Politics said people will vote for Putin because he had a successful campaign and his opponents have failed to convince people for solving their problems.
Alexei Mukhin said, “Putin ran a very successful campaign and it’s clear that he’ll win on the first round. People will vote for him because none of his opponents were able to show they can resolve their problems like he does.”