The first figures of turnout and preliminary results of exit polls were published concerning the local elections in Ukraine which took place today, October 25.
According to the assessments, 44% of residents of Kyiv, 38% of Odesits, and 46.5% inhabitants of the country in total visited polling stations and had taken bulletins, Opora. For Ukraine, the situation of lesser electoral activity on local elections is quite common – if presidential or parliamentary elections mobilize near two thirds of citizen, municipal voting is ignored by Ukrainians far more frequently. However, the trend of rising absenteeism can be noticed – for instance, only 52% of residents voted during the elections to the Verkhovna Rada, having taken place year ago (in October, 2014).
First results of exit polls of mayor election, organized by Savik Shuster Studio and the Voters Committee of Ukraine, draw the next picture:
- In Kyiv, acting mayor Vitaly Klitschko (Poroshenko’s Bloc) received the majority of votes, more than 40%. However, he needs to prove the result in the second round, where the boxer politician will be opposed by Serhiy Husovskyi, representative of Samopomich (received more than 9% of votes);
- In Dnipropetrovsk, there also is a need in the second round, where the hot fight will go on between Borys Filatov (42%) from UKROP, close to oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky, and Oleksandr Vilkul (32%) from the Opposition Bloc;
- In Odesa, the place for intrigue also remains. Acting mayor Hennadiy Trukhanov received 48% of votes, and Sasha Borovik, protégé of regional governor Mikheil Saakashvili, received 31%;
- In Lviv, influent mayor Andriy Sadovyi, de facto leader of Samopomich party, got 49% of votes, so the second round is likely to take place, where the current incumbent will compete with Ruslan Koshulinskyi from Svoboda, parliamentary vice speaker during the Maidan (14%);
- Kharkiv, the second country’s populated city, left no place for further fight. Current odious mayor Hennadiy Kernes received near 60%, becoming the most successful candidate of Ukrainian megalopolises.
The second round of elections of mayors in big cities (with more than 90 thousand voters) is to take place on November 15. On the same day must be held elections in Mariupol and Krasnoarmiysk, where today the voting had not started.