Russia says election turnout over 50 percent

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The Latest on Russia’s presidential election (all times nearby):

5:35 p.m.

Russia’s Central Election Commission says the turnout in the presidential election has exceeded 50 percent.

The commission says 51.9 percent of Russia’s about 111 million qualified voters have cast ballots as of 5 p.m. Moscow time (1400 GMT).

Election officials say efforts to energize a higher turnout are in accordance with the law. Some Russians have detailed being pressured by employers to show up and vote.

Election commission boss Ella Pamfilova also says officials around the nation are taking fast measures in response to claims of violations.

Autonomous election observers and activists have claimed numerous incidents of ticket stuffing and different irregularities in Sunday’s vote, which President Vladimir Putin is sure to win read more news.