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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Against All' Takes 4.8%

Of the 58 million voters who turned up at polling stations, 4.8 percent chose to cast their ballots against all 23 political parties and blocs in what political analysts saw as a sign of waning trust in politicians.

Turnout fell to 56 percent as disillusioned voters avoided participating altogether.

According to preliminary figures, the number of people who voted against all parties grew from 3.3 percent in 1999, although many analysts had expected it would be closer to 10 percent.

"Voting against all is an expression of no-confidence in all existing political forces, running for the parliament," said Yury Korgunyuk, a political analyst with the Indem think tank.

Elections in four of the country's 225 single mandate districts will probably have to be held again after it became clear Monday that "against all" was set to defeat all candidates, election officials said.

"Against all" was leading in districts in St. Petersburg and the Sverdlovsk, Krasnodar and Ulyanovsk regions on Monday. In St. Petersburg's District No. 207, "against all" at 24 percent was beating out former figure-skating world champion Irina Rodnina.

Voter turnout on Sunday fell from 60 percent in 1999 to near the levels of the 1993 elections, said Alexei Titkov, a political analyst with Carnegie Moscow Center. Turnout that year reached 54 percent after several political movements urged voters to ignore the vote.

Low turnout Sunday in the Verkh-Isets district in the Sverdlovsk region caused election officials to invalidate its vote. In 1999, the district also had to hold new elections after more voters picked "against all" than any of the candidates.