Showman Volodymyr Zelenskiy rushes into the second round of the presidential election with a comfortable 13.66% lead over the incumbent president Petro Poroshenko. Thus exit polls turned out to be accurate in predicting the final standings. Similarly, most pre-election polls were not far off the mark.
As of 09:10 am, 54.70% of the ballots have been processed with 30.23% of the voters supporting Zelenskiy and 16.57% giving preference to the current president Poroshenko.
Third place was expectedly taken by the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Batkivshchyna party leader received 13.10% of the votes.
This year’s election witnessed a relatively high turnout of 63.49%. By comparison, in 2014, 60.29% of the eligible voters made it to the polling stations to fulfill their civic responsibilities. The highest turnout was in the western regions of Lviv and Volyn, whilst Zakarpattya region was the least active.
Poroshenko expressed a desire to participate in a debate with his opponent before the second round, which is scheduled for April 21. Zelenskiy accepted the offer.
Zelenskiy played up to his reputation by incorporating several quips about his rival Poroshenko in his speech after the exit poll results were announced.
To find out more about how things unfolded on the day, take a look at our election day coverage.
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry registered hundreds of cases of election violations with the greatest number allegedly happening in Kyiv, the Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Dnipropetrovsk regions.
The Central Election Commission (CEC) says no systemic violations were found.
Final results are expected in the near future, although, by law, CEC has until April 10 to announce the outcome.