The general election is underway in Russia with 450 seats in the lower chamber of the parliament up for grabs. Russians are also casting ballots in dozens of regional and municipal elections in what is called Single Election Day on Sunday.
Nationwide voting takes about 22 hours, as there is a 10-hour lag time between the Far East regions and the westernmost territory of Kaliningrad Region. Over 370 stations in Russian embassies and consulates provide the opportunity to vote for Russian citizens in 145 other nations.
In Russia, each person over the age of 18 is eligible to vote, except prisoners and legally incapable persons. The total number of registered voters is 111.6 million, with about two million of them living abroad.
It is the first time the mixed principle has been applied in elections to the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, since 2003. In 2007 and 2011, Russians elected MPs from federal party lists only.