With 28.75% of the ballots counted at the time of writing, Russia’s Central Election Commission said United Russia had so far gained 44.92%, RIA Novosti reported.
Early results also showed the Communist Party trailing behind with 21.96%.
Opposition members and independent observers have raised concerns over alleged instances of voter fraud. In comments Sunday, election officials said they had annulled some votes in question. The head of Russia’s Central Election Commission, Ella Pamfilova also pushed back on “hype,” saying officials had counted a total of only 12 cases of ballot stuffing in the whole country, across just 8 districts.