MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Sunday, the Russians cast their ballots to elect the State Duma, the lower house of the country’s parliament. Kanerva was the head of the OSCE group observing the elections.
He added that the process of political parties' registration in Russia had been eased, but it had not resulted in "creation of political alternative" yet.
With almost all ballots counted, the governing United Russia is leading in the elections with 54.18 percent of the votes. The Communist Party gained 13.35 percent of the votes, the Liberal Democrats party has 13.16 percent, while A Just Russia won 6.21 percent.
Turnout at the elections was estimated by Russia's Central Election Commission at 47.78 percent.