Ukraine started voting in the second round of the presidential election
About 30,000 polling stations at 8:00 am opened in Ukraine to vote in the second round of the presidential election. The second round of elections was called by the Central Election Commission (CEC) because in the first round, which took place on March 31st, none of the 39 candidates took more than 50% of the votes.
According to the results of the first round, the candidate of the "Servant of the People" party, Vladimir Zelensky, received the most support, 30.24% of the voters voted for him, the current president Petr Poroshenko took second place with 15.95% of the vote.
More than 26 million citizens of Ukraine included in the voter lists will take part in the final vote. In Ukraine, polling stations will run until 20:00. Ukrainians can also vote on 101 polling stations, organized in 72 countries, with the exception of Russia. On 31 December 2018, the CEC, on the day the presidential election campaign began, eliminated all five polling stations that had previously been located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk, and has proposed to approximately 3 million Ukrainians in the Russian Federation to exercise their right to vote in polling stations in Georgia, Kazakhstan and Finland, effectively depriving them of the right to elect a head of state.
To observe the second round elections, 2,700 official observers from 20 international organizations and 21 foreign states were registered in Ukraine. However, there are no Russians among them, as the CEC has refused the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to register citizens of the Russian Federation as observers.
A few days before the elections, employees of the Ministry of Interior were transferred to an enhanced mode of operation, all district election commissions were placed under 24-hour protection. Security during the second round of the presidential election in Ukraine will be guaranteed by 72,400 police officers.
Sociologists will conduct an exit poll on election day, the first results of which will be expected at 20:00 and then 22:00. The CEC should announce the results of the official elections no later than the tenth day from the day of the vote, before May 1, 2019. The installation of the newly elected president should take place before June 3, the previous head of state will continue to carry out his functions until the transfer of authority.
According to sociological data from the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (April 9-14), almost three times as many voters are ready to vote for the servant leader of the people, Vladimir Zelensky, in the second round compared to the incumbent President Petr Poroshenko.