On 19 March 2018 Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova announced the preliminary results of the presidential election in the Russian Federation. As of 9:00 19 March 2018, as much as 99.83% records from polling stations were uploaded to GAS Vybory. According to these, Vladimir Putin received the largest number of votes, 76.66%. Pavel Grudinin got 11.8%, Vladimir Zhirinovsky obtained 5.66%, Kseniya Sobchak polled 1.67%, Grigory Yavlinsky received 1.04%, Boris Titov secured 0.76%, Maxim Suraikin obtained 0.68%, and Sergei Baburin gained 0.65% of votes.
The turnout as of that moment totaled 67.49%. According to the Chairperson of the CEC of Russia, the unprecedented awareness campaign that reached out to each citizen of Russia was one of the reasons behind the turnout.
Ella Pamfilova stated that the election results were declared invalid in seven polling stations, which are located in Dagestan, Moscow Region, Kemerovo Region, and Tyumen Region amid the identified violations.
The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia thanked all Russian citizens who had come to the stations to vote. “I thank you very much indeed for being passionate about the future of your country and making effort as voters. This is a great civic contribution,” Ella Pamfilova said.
The Chairperson of the CEC of Russia also said, “In our opinion, the election was as transparent as possible. Everyone interested in it had multiple opportunities to observe it in different ways. At least my colleagues and I have tried to make it convenient to the maximum for observers to make their proper judgment.”
The presidential election in Russia welcomed 474,500 observers from parties, candidates, and public chambers; 105,000 commission members with a consultative vote, who also had the power to observe; 10,500 media representatives; 1,513 international observers from 115 countries worldwide.
The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall officially unveil the results of the presidential election in Russia, along with the number of votes obtained by each of the registered candidates, and the number of non-of-the-above voters (if necessary, as covered by item 5.1 of Article 67 of the Federal Law “On the Presidential Elections in the Russian Federation”), within three days after the Commission signs the record of Russian presidential election results. Ten days after the Commission signs the record of Russian presidential election results, the CEC of Russia will publish in its official mouthpiece the official and full records of all election commissions of the Russian Federation, and upload them to its official website.