Monday Dec 12, 201110:07 AM GMT
'Russia vote unaffected by fraud claims'
Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:41AM
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Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov
An aide to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says the fraud claims by Russia's opposition about the country's latest polls will not change the results of the parliamentary elections.

"So even if hypothetically you recognize that they are being contested in court, then in any case, can in no way affect the question of the vote's legitimacy or the overall result," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP in a telephone interview on Monday.

"Even if you add up all this so-called evidence, it accounts for just over 0.5 percent of the total number of votes,” he said.

Peskov's comments came after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered a probe into allegations of an electoral fraud that triggered demonstrations in the capital, Moscow, and across the country.

“I have ordered checks into all the reports from polling stations, regarding the compliance with the election laws," Medvedev posted on his Facebook page on Sunday.

The opposition says the vote was rigged in favor of the ruling United Russia party, which won the majority in the state Duma.

Demonstrators have demanded a repeat of parliamentary elections, with the presidential council on human rights also calling for the elections to be held once again if the reports of vote-rigging are confirmed.

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