Almost half of Russian voters think that this year’s parliamentary elections will be marred by fraud, and will not reflect the will of the people, is the key finding of a suvey by the Levada Centre.
Some key stats:
- 45% think that the election result will not reflect the will of the people
- 39% think local officials will fix election results
- 25% think opposition candidates may be excluded from the election
- 8% think the election will be fair
- 33% will consider the new parliament illegitimate
- 65% want an “against all candidates” option on ballot papers
Interesting results, although one should be careful not to read too much into them. I suspect that, if you asked a random sample of British voters whether they thought Parliamentary elections in the UK reflected the will of the people, you’d receive a somewhat similar answer.
And electoral fraud isn’t just a problem confined to Russia – take a look at this roundup of electoral fraud (and other problems) from last week’s local elections in the UK.