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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Krasnoyarsk Election Sees 40% Turnout

About 40 percent of Krasnoyarsk's 2 million registered voters cast ballots Sunday in an election called after Governor Alexander Lebed was killed in a helicopter crash in April.

The turnout was well above the 25 percent required to validate the election. Fourteen candidates were on the ballot, and the winner needed to take more than 50 percent of the vote.

Ballots were to be counted overnight and results announced Monday, Ekho Moskvy radio reported, citing officials in the Krasnoyarsk election commission.

Observers have said the election would be close and predicted a runoff.

In the absence of a clear Kremlin favorite, the race was led by high-profile regional officials, including Alexander Uss, the speaker of the regional legislative assembly; Taimyr Governor Alexander Khloponin, a former head of metals giant Norilsk Nickel; and Krasnoyarsk Mayor Pyotr Pimashkov.

Other candidates, whom opinion polls gave little chance of winning the vote, included Communist economist Sergei Glazyev, the first Soviet millionaire, Artyom Tarasov, and Moscow coffin-maker German Sterligov.

Lebed's younger brother, Alexei, himself the governor of neighboring Khakasia, withdrew from the race in early August, complaining of dirty tricks in the election campaign.

Krasnoyarsk election commission officials reported no major violations at the ballot box Sunday.