00:44 According to the Central Election Commission, the turnout in Ukraine made 63,48% as of 8 p.m. Yet, one of the constituencies did not pass any information.
The highest turnout was recorded in Lviv region – 68,88%, the lowest – in Zakarpattia region – 46,99%.
23:10 National exit poll revealed final results according to which 30,6% of voters voted for Volodymyr Zelensky, 17,8% - for Petro Poroshenko.
Besides, as of now, Central Election Commission started processing the protocols and informed that 0,1% of protocols were processed (around 3,300 voters). Therefore, Petro Poroshenko got 28,6%, Volodymyr Zelensky – 24,27%, Yuliya Tymoshenko – 15,12%, Anatoliy Hrytsenko – 8,07%, Oleg Lyashko – 6,27%, Yuriy Boyko – 4,50%, Igor Smeshko – 3,66%.
21:41 The Central Election Committee of Ukraine presented the preliminary data on the voters' turnout. As of 8 p.m., March 31, the total turnout of voters all over Ukraine made 63.92 percent.
20:29 'It's a first step towards the victory', the winner of the first round of election Volodymyr Zelensky said. He said he was ready for the second leg of the election.
Petro Poroshenko, the runner-up of the first round thanked the voters for suporting the European path of Ukraine, including the course to NATO - 'without even waiting for the second round of the election'.
'I understand the signal that the society gives the government. It's an impetus for the work on one's mistakes. But the man who does no mistakes is the man who does nothing. I never aimed for any ratings in my work. I'm ready for the deep dialogue with those I failed to persuade before the first round - before and after the second one', he said.
20:12 Results of the first exit polls are available.
112 Ukraine TV channel: Volodymyr Zelensky gets 30.7 percent; Petro Poroshenko receives 18.6 percent. Yulia Tymoshenko comes third with 13.9 percent.
1+1 TV channel: Volodymyr Zelensky wins 30.1 percent of votes; Petro Poroshenko gets 18.5. Yuliya Tymoshenko claims 14.1.
National Exit Poll: Volodymyr Zelensky gets 30.4 percent of votes; Petro Poroshenko claims 17.8. Yuliya Tymoshenko comes third with 14.2.
20:00 ALL POLLING STATIONS IN UKRAINE CLOSED
19:33 As of 7 p.m., the police registered 1,768 statements and messages, related to the election. 25 criminal proceedings were opened.
19:05 In Chernivtsi region, one of the voters threw his passport in the urn instead of the bulletin. He will get his document back as soon as the urn is opened for vote counting.
18:44 The voting is over at Akademik Vernadsky polar station on the South Pole. 34 members of the polar expedition voted successfully.
18:18 Several buses with National Guard fighters reached the site near the Central Election Committee. It seems to be a move to tighten the security measures, as suspiciously looking young men crowded near the building - 'to prevent any provocations', as they put it. The youngsters never spoke to the reporters openly and avoided TV cameras.
17:51. Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko joined the electoral process.
17:34. As of 5 p.m., the police received about 1,360 messages about violations during the elections that took place all over Ukraine on the voting day. 17 criminal proceedings were opened.
17:05. The Central Election Committee (CEC) of Ukraine reported that as of 4.30 p.m., no extremely serious violations of the electoral process have been reported. Several cases of taking photos of bulletins, a case of the drunken head of local election committee in Kyiv and multiple cases of torn ballots were reported.
Besides, hundreds of ballots appeared to have been stamped with the word 'Withdrew'. This concerns Oleksandr Moroz, who stated he would withdraw from the election, but the CEC still considered him as the candidate. The ballots with such stamp are considered invalid.
Moreover, the violations included selfies in the voting cabins.
On the whole, the elections continue in the 'standard mode', the CEC claims.
16:53. In certain penitentiary facilities, voting of inmates takes place with violations. The Ukrainian ombudsman's office stated that the infringements include the late opening of stations, poor voting conditions and buildings not suited for voting. In Lukyanivsky remand centre, the local election committee members spent two hours to duly organize and finally open the polling station, so it opened at about 10 a.m.
16:28. Russian journalists were not allowed to enter a polling station in Minsk, Belarus. Correspondents of Russian news agencies, such as TASS and RIA Novosti, as well as REN-TV and NTV channels could only film the voting process from outside the station. Representatives of Belarusian and Ukrainian media freely entered the building - just like the correspondents from other countries.
16:04. Ukrainians started voting in the U.S. The polling station in Washington opened at 4 p.m. Kyiv time.
15:50. The police of Dnipro city got eight messages about polling stations being wired with explosives. Another message claimed that the local underground station had been mined, too. No explosives were found.
15:40. In Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Israel and some other European countries, Ukrainian diplomats report smaller or bigger lines, as Ukrainians who live abroad are eager to vote in the elections.
15:25. As of 3 p.m., 44.7 percent of registered voters have observed their constitutional right, the Central Election Committee reported. As is known, the first results of the voting, the exit polls, will be available after 8 p.m., March 31.
14:59. Head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epifaniy is also among those voted. 'Our common future truly depends on every vote, on the decision of voters on the election day. A conscious, responsible and fair choice is our contribution to reaching victory and peace for Ukraine, building its better future', he said as quoted by his press service on Twitter.
14:45. The Central Election Committee of Ukraine specified the data on the overall turnout in the elections across the country. As of 11 a.m., it made 16.67 percent, by the estimates of 198 of 199 electoral districts all over Ukraine.
14:35. The head of an electoral committee in Odesa beat up a voter who came to exercise his civilian duty. The fight occurred after a verbal conflict took place between them, the police said. A criminal case was opened.
14.25. A group of young men dressed in sportswear appeared in front of the building of the Central Election Committee in Kyiv. When asked why they came there, they simply reply they were 'taking a walk'.
14:15. Fighters of Donbas, the territorial defense volunteer battalion in Donetsk region are voting as well; by 2 p.m. March 31, about 80 percent of them already made their choice. Vyacheslav Vlasenko, one of the servicemen of the battalion posted that on Facebook. 'We prepared well, and we are going to live up to our civilian duty. Ukraine will prevail!', he wrote.
13:55. The voting day is over in Australia; the Central Election Committee of Ukraine reported that 1,737 people were included into the lists in this particular electoral district. Only 125 Ukrainian citizens received the ballots, which made 7.2 percent from the overall number of registered voters.
13:25. This is the line of the Ukrainian voters, waiting for their turn to vote in Prague in the Czech Republic.
13:15. The Central Election Committee of Ukraine reports that as of 11.00, 16.49 percent of voters all over Ukraine already made their choice. In terms of the turnout in various regions, the westernmost Zakarpattya region appeared to be the on the last place, as 8.3 percent of registered citizens have voted there. Poltava region, central Ukraine leads the way, with 20.61 percent.
13:00. As of noon March 31, the police have received 284 reports regarding the election process across the country. Interior Ministry speaker Artem Shevchenko, the law enforcers opened three criminal proceedings. Most of the violations were observed in Dnipropetrovsk region, Donetsk region (eastern Ukraine) and Odesa region (southern Ukraine) - 30, 28 and 25 cases, respectively.
12:55. A ridiculous incident occurred with President Petro Poroshenko's ballot; the head of the state gave his ballot to the grandson, who dropped it and put both of his feet on the top of it.
12:45. Presidential candidates Ruslan Koshulynsky, Oleksandr Vilkul and Anatoliy Hrytsenko voted at their respective polling stations. Hrytsenko came to the station with his wife Yulia Mostova, but the woman could not vote because her name was absent in the voters' lists. Later, she managed to find her name on the list and voted successfully.
11:55. As of 11.00 a.m., 16.08 percent of all registered voters have voted in the first round of the election. It is quite notable that at about the same time of day in 2014, the voters' turnout was a bit higher, 17.62 percent.
11:45. The Committee of Voters of Ukraine reports a blatant violation at a polling station in Kyiv. Oleg Lyashko, the presidential candidate showed the voters his ballot - in presence of the observers and TV cameras. This is considered a law infringement, which entails either a fine (from 100 to 300 non-taxed minimum incomes), correction works within the period up to 2 years or even a prison term within the period up to 3 years.
11:15. Presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky voted, too; prior to that, he spoke to the reporters - both domestic and foreign ones; in the latter case, he showed some of his English skills. He never specified who his choice was, but pointed out it was 'quite a dignified man'.
10:58. About fifty reporters gathered on the polling station in the Officers House in Kyiv, RBC-Ukraine reports. This is the same station where incumbent president Petro Poroshenko is to vote. No extra security measures observed - not even a metal detector frame. Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament already voted at this station.
10:30. Patriarch Filaret, the head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Ukrainians voted on his polling station.
9:45. Civil observers from Opora NGO reported first minor violations in the electoral process. Control ballots were not thrown into boxes at polling station No. 050913 in Trostyanets village, Vinnytsia region, central Ukraine. In Torchyn town, Volyn region, northwestern Ukraine, all observers except for that from Opora NGO signed the ballot papers in the wrong place.
9:25. The police of the Kharkiv region, n reported that two polling stations opened later than expected; the reasons for the incident are being specified.
8:30. Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and presidential candidate Yuriy Boyko became the first famous Ukrainian politicians to vote in the first round.
The first country to have voted in the presidential election in Ukraine is Australia; the elections started at the foreign polling station in Australia on March 30 at 11:00 PM Kyiv time. The Ukrainians who currently stay abroad will be able to vote until April 1 at 6:00 AM Kyiv time (in San Francisco, U.S.).
The first round of presidential elections kicked off in Ukraine today, March 31, at 8:00 a.m.
The polling stations will be closed at 8 p.m. Kyiv time, (GMT+2).
The regular election is held due to the end of the term of office of the President of Ukraine.
The head of the state shall be elected by direct national ballot voting.
The Central Election Committee approved a final list of 39 presidential candidates in Ukraine. The voters' list contains 35.6 million Ukrainian citizens. More than 315,000 Ukrainians changed voting places shortly before the presidential election.
This year ballot is the longest ballot in the history of presidential elections in Ukraine. It is 80 cm in length and printed on the paper with watermarks and special protection ink.
Ukraine’s foreign intelligence service suggest that Russian special agencies shall interfere with the elections providing fake data of the exit polls. Moreover, the provocations can be held by far-right organizations to destabilize the situation in Ukraine and discredit the election process.
Besides the Russian Federation is reported to plan to conduct unprecedented cyber-attacks on the servers of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine and the district election commissions around Ukraine.
6,000 law enforcers will maintain order in Ukraine.
2,344 international observers have been officially approved to come to Ukraine to follow the course of the presidential election.
112 Ukraine TV channel is broadcasting the voting process from the entire territory of Ukraine.
We also have a live stream form the Central Election Committee for quick updates of committee’s meetings and online vote counting. The data will come faster and more accurate than that on the website of the Central Election Committee.