Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin is set to serve his country for another six (6) years after ‘winning’ an election with no real opposition’.
Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two (2) decades, stood against seven (7) other candidates, but his most vocal critic Alexei Navalny was barred from the ballot for legal reasons and the final outcome was never in doubt, AFP reports.
The exit poll by state-owned pollster VTsIOM at 1,200 voting stations around Russia projected that Putin had won 73.9 percent of the vote, up from 64 percent six years ago.
The central election commission said turnout was 60 percent after the authorities used both the carrot and the stick to boost participation.
A report by AFP says selfie competitions, giveaways, food festivals and children’s entertainers were laid on at polling booths in a bid to create a festive atmosphere around the election.