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Putin Vows Probes Into Election Violations Will Be Completed

Members of a local election commission count ballots at a polling station following municipal elections in Yekaterinburg on September 10.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed that all investigations into election violations detected in elections in Russia last month will be completed.

Russian media said Putin made the pledge during a meeting on October 9 in the Kremlin with Ella Pamfilova, head of the Central Election Commission.

Russians voted in local polls in many regions on September 10 in the last major elections ahead of next year’s presidential vote.

Kremlin-backed candidates for regional parliaments and governorships performed strongly, although voter turnout was low. Opposition candidates did poll well in Moscow, picking up seats in district councils.

An independent Russian election monitoring group, Golos, said it had received “reports of documented election rigging” from a number of polling stations during the September 10 elections.

"We have practically tied up many 'loose ends' of that campaign, but small 'ends' still remain," Russian media quoted Pamfilova as telling Putin.

"I really would like our Prosecutor-General's Office and the investigative committee to bring the matter to completion in a number of cases," she said, referring to inquiries into local election violations.

She did not elaborate.

"All orders will be given regarding this issue," Putin replied.

Putin is the strong favorite to win reelection in March, although he has so far declined to say if he will run.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax