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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Board Sets July 3 Vote Date, Releases Official Poll Results


The decisive second-round of Russia's presidential election with be held July 3 between incumbent Boris Yeltsin and Communist candidate Gennady Zyuganov, the Central Election Commission announced Thursday.

The commission released official results of the first round of voting Sunday, in which 76 million Russians -- 70 percent of the electorate -- cast ballots. The results, carried by Russian news agencies, did not differ significantly from unofficial returns. Yeltsin led with 35.28 percent, or about 26.7 million votes. Zyuganov came next with 32.04 percent, or about 24.2 million votes.

Third was retired General Alexander Lebed with 14.52 percent, or 10.97 million votes, followed by economist Grigory Yavlinsky with 7.34 percent, or 5.55 million votes, and ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 5.7 percent, or 4.3 million.

The remaining candidates in order of finishing were Svyatoslav Fyorodov with 0.92 percent, or 699,000 votes; former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev with 0.51 percent, or 386,000 votes; Martin Shakkum with 0.37 percent, or 277,000 votes; former Olympic weightlifter Yury Vlasov with 0.2 percent, or 151,200 votes; and businessman Vladimir Bryntsalov, 0.16 percent, or 123,000 votes.

The voting date, July 3, has been declared a public holiday. The holiday will replace a Saturday, Dec. 14 holiday, Interfax said. As part of the resolution, the government decreed that public days off will be shifted from Sunday, Nov. 10 to Friday, Nov. 8 and from Sunday, Dec. 15 to Friday, Dec. 13, the report said. The shift effectively reduces the holiday weekends for Nov. 7, formerly celebrated to mark the Bolshevik revolution, and Dec. 12, Constitution Day.

It will be the first time an election has not been held on a Sunday in Russia. The switch was made to boost turnout in the runoff between Yeltsin and Zyuganov. ()