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Peskov Claims EU Turnout Lower Than Russia

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Peskov: Turnout for 2016 Elections in Russia Higher Than on Average Throughout Europe

Headline:

 

Peskov: Turnout for 2016 Elections in Russia Higher Than on Average Throughout Europe

 

Name

 

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian presidential administration

 

Statement on left

 

“It [Russia’s election turnout] cannot be called low, you know, in the majority of European countries, in fact, the turnout is much lower.”

 

Source:

 

https://ria.ru/election2016/20160919/1477310565.html

 

Conclusion (Background color = yellow)

 

PARTLY TRUE

 

Date: September 21, 2016

 

Condensed Version

 

Presidential administration spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed that Russia’s turnout of 47.5% for the September 18, 2016 elections was low, but not as low as the turnout in European countries. While turnout in the majority of EU member states is low in elections to the European Parliament, most elections in individual EU countries have significantly higher turnout than in Russia, so Peskov’s statement is only partly true.

 

FB tease: A Kremlin spokesman has claimed that Europe’s election turnout is lower on average that the low turnout for Russia’s own elections September 18, 2016. While he’s right that turnout for the European Parliament’s elections is lower than Russia’s in most European Union states, the turnout is higher in elections in most individual EU member states, so his statement is only partly true.

 

Twitter: Is voter turnout in Russia really better than in Europe? Depends what election you're counting

 

Polygraph.info fact-check:

 

 

 

Presidential administration spokesman Dmitry Peskov claims Russia's recent election turnout of 47.81%, as reported by Central Elections Chair Ella Pamfilova, is higher than European countries. While Peskov doesn’t say which elections he means, his statement is only partly true if we look at turnout in EU countries for national elections versus elections to the European Parliament.

 

To be sure, the total turnout for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament was 42.61%, lower than Russia's official count for its own parliamentary elections.

 

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/elections2014-results/en/turnout.html

 

Of 28 countries that voted in the European parliamentary elections, 19 countries had turnout less than Russia's own domestic elections, with some as low as 13.05% (Slovakia) and 18.20% (Czech Republic), and only 35.60% in the UK and 42.43% in France. Europe’s vote for members of the European Parliament in 2014 drew the lowest turnout ever, reflecting lack of voter enthusiasm for the institution.

 

http://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2014/news/it-s-official-last-eu-election-had-lowest-ever-turnout/

 

But if we look at voter turnout in individual EU countries for their own national elections we find that most have a turnout higher than Russia's.

 

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/tgm/table.do?tab=table&init=1&language=en&pcode=tsdgo310&plugin=1

 

According to the EU, in the last 5 years, all countries except Romania (41.8% in 2012) had higher voter turnouts than Russia did in their recent national elections.

 

The average turnout for the total number of EU countries voting in national elections was 68% in 2014. Czech Republic had 59.5% turnout in 2013; Germany had 71.5% in 2013; Belgium had 89.4% in 2014; Bulgaria had 51.1% in 2014; Hungary was 61.8% in 2014; Slovakia was 59.1% in 2012; the UK had 85.8% in 2014.

 

According to the Organization for European Interstate Cooperation, in regional elections, nearly all EU countries do significantly better than Russia regarding public participation.

 

http://oeiceurope.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/EPelection2014_Part_I_20141211_FINAL_FINAL.pdf

 

Turnout in Russia's September elections was the lowest since 1993; in 2007, there was 61.91% turnout and in 2011, 57.96% turnout.

 

http://www.idea.int/vt/countryview.cfm?id=191

Catherine A. Fitzpatrick 

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