>> At polling station 333, in the remote Russian town of Vladikavkaz, the one man, one vote rule has gone out the window. A Reuters reporter filmed this man ballot stuffing in regional elections on Sunday. The man told Reuters he was an election observer for United Russia, President Vladimir Putin's party, and that it was important to secure 85% of the vote for it.
Reuters reporter Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber was there.>> A man who identified himself as Sergei Lyutikov was seen stuffing the ballot box on several occasions. He was wearing sunglasses and doing this in front of everyone, Reuters reporters, election observers as well as members of the local election commission. When Reuters reporters brought this to the attention of the local election commission and to the police officers, they said they had not seen anything, or they simply did not react.
>> Reuters reporters were present the whole time the polls were open, and counted 256 voters. Somehow they became 1,867 voters when official results for the station were declared. They observed six polling stations and saw discrepancies at all of them. Thousands of stations opened across Russia, so that's still only a snapshot.
United Russia, the ruling party, said it gave no notice to falsify ballots or results, and that anyone who broke the law would be punished. It performed strongly in Sunday's election. The Central Election Commissions said that it will investigate reports of fraud. Sunday's regional elections were closely watched. The scene is a dress rehearsal for next year's presidential vote, which Putin is the strong favorite to win.