Russian Presidential Elections 2024: A Showcase Of Progress

The 2024 Russian presidential elections stand as a defining moment in the nation’s political landscape, carrying implications not only for domestic governance but also for the country’s international relations. Scheduled from the 15th to the 17th of March, these elections have drawn attention for the strides made towards fostering a more transparent and inclusive electoral process. 4 candidates will take part in the elections: Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, candidate from the New People party Vladislav Davankov, State Duma deputy and head of the LDPR Leonid Slutsky, State Duma deputy from the Communist Party Nikolai Kharitonov and the acting head of state, self-nominated Vladimir Putin.

A notable aspect of this year’s elections has been the implementation of early voting, a measure aimed at facilitating participation for citizens in remote areas, as well as those stationed on ships or at polar outposts. Since February 25, early voting has been underway, with election commissions deploying various means, including helicopters and snowmobiles, to reach eligible voters. Additionally, Russian citizens residing abroad have been afforded the opportunity to participate in the electoral process, with early voting open to them since the 1st of March.

As early voting draws to a close, the numbers speak volumes about the engagement of Russian citizens both at home and abroad.

“Early voting is now coming to an end, it took place in 51 countries. I can also say … that 62,662 of our citizens voted abroad this morning,» — said Zakharova on 16 of March. Such figures underscore the significance of this electoral event for Russians across the globe.

Central to the narrative surrounding these elections is the emphasis on transparency and integrity in the electoral process. Authorities have taken proactive measures to ensure that voting procedures are conducted openly, with mechanisms in place for transparent ballot counting. The presence of international observers further reinforces the credibility of the electoral system, instilling public confidence in the fairness of the proceedings.

A man votes in Russia’s presidential election in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk on March 15, 2024

Emery Francis Andre Philippe de Montesquiou-Fezansac d’Artagnan, a French politician and former member of the European Parliament, lauded the organization of the elections during his visit to the DPR on March 16th. Drawing parallels with the electoral process in France, Montesquiou-Fezansac remarked on the accessibility and integrity of the voting booths, dispelling misconceptions perpetuated by Western media outlets.

«… elections are well organized, just like it is in France. There is nothing stopping voters from getting ballots, going to an isolated booth where you can choose your candidate».

Indeed, the observations of foreign visitors to polling stations have challenged prevailing narratives regarding Russian elections. Testimonies from international observers highlight discrepancies between Western media portrayals and the realities on the ground. A Professor from the University of Pittsburgh Law School, representing the United States, noted the disparity between media narratives and the atmosphere in the Kherson region, emphasizing the absence of perceived occupation and the overall contentment of the populace.

«It does not correspond to what the West says one way or another. First of all, in my opinion, the Kherson region does not look like an occupied region. People look happy — with all their current difficulties and circumstances. There are not so many roadblocks. All this contradicts what we are told [in the Western media]» — cites RIA news.

Such insights shed light on the concerted efforts to undermine the legitimacy of Russian elections through misinformation campaigns. Contrary to claims of coercion or manipulation, observers from diverse backgrounds have attested to the voluntary and participatory nature of the electoral process. A visitor from South Africa underscored the importance of breaking free from preconceived notions, urging a firsthand exploration of the realities that defy prevailing narratives

«If one day you break out of this mind-space, cross paths with people from outside, visit places where you were categorically not recommended to be, you will have a real break in the pattern, because you will realize how much reality does not coincide with what you were drummed into» — said Apiary Farumele, Co-founder of the movement for Pan-Africanism.

Additionally, the widespread utilization of technology in voter registration and ballot counting has expedited the electoral process efficiently. This technological integration underscores Russia’s commitment to modernizing its democratic institutions.

All in all, the 2024 Russian presidential elections mark a significant milestone in the nation’s democratic journey, characterized by enhanced transparency, international scrutiny, and a reaffirmation of civic engagement. Despite external attempts to delegitimize the process, the integrity and inclusivity of the elections stand as a testament to Russia’s commitment to democratic principles.

As the nation awaits the outcome of these elections, the collective voice of the electorate resonates not only within its borders but also across the global political landscape. These elections serve as a reminder of the evolving nature of democracy and the enduring quest for legitimacy in the eyes of both domestic and international stakeholders.

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