According to the results of ballots counting in the by-elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in Donetsk region, the mayor of Dobropillya, representative of Poryadok Party Andriy Aksyonov won with 65.46% of the votes. This was reported on the website of the Central Election Commission.
The second place was taken by lawyer Valentyn Rybin (Party of Shariy) - with 13% of the vote.
The third was Yulia Kuzmenko, the candidate from European Solidarity party, who was supported by 6.69% of voters.
Of the declared 148,000 voters, 31,213 citizens voted in the constituency.
In 2017, an investigation was conducted into how Aksyonov received a Russian passport. MP Dmytro Lubinets provided documentary evidence of how in the summer of 2014 Andriy Aksyonov left for the annexed Crimea, where he applied to the occupation administration for Russian citizenship.
Aksyonov was accused of supporting a so-called referendum on secession from Ukraine. On the territory of Novodonetske village, not far from the building of the village council, in May 2014 there was a tent for collecting signatures. In response to the accusations, Aksyonov only said that it was the SBU's authority to obstruct the referendum.
As we reported earlier, the European Parliament has called upon the Ukrainian authorities to improve the country's electoral legislation by bringing it in line with international standards. This is mentioned in the section "Common values and general principles" of the resolution on Ukraine's implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU.
"We insist on improving the Electoral Code and bringing in line with international standards so that it addresses issues such as social media campaigns, transparency of expenses on the election campaign, and access of independent candidates to the election process," the document said.