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    RUSSIANS IN MONGOLIA TO VOTE AT 5 POLLING STATIONS

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    ULAN BATOR, March 5, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent) - Five polling stations will be open in Mongolia on the day of the Russian presidential elections, head of the Russian Embassy's consular department in Mongolia, councilor Alexander Dmitriyev told RIA Novosti.

    According to him, polling stations will be open from 8 am till 8 pm local time in Ulan Bator, the cities of Erdenet and Darkhan, as well as in the village of Bor Undur and at the Zaamar mine.

    "About 2,800 people will take part in the elections, including Russians who permanently reside in Mongolia or have come here on a business trip, as well as the employees of the embassy, trade mission, the Russian hospital in Ulan Bator, school, that is, of about 70 organizations," Dmitriyev said.

    1,280 Russian citizens permanently reside in Mongolia, about 900 out of them in Ulan Bator, he pointed out.

    Ballot booths and boxes have already been prepared, he said.

    To inform Russian citizens about the presidential elections, advertisement will be broadcast on local television and radio, the councilor added.

    "We hope that voters' turn-up in Mongolia will be at least 50 percent," he said.

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