The presidential elections in Ukraine, which took place on March 31, took place freely and fairly as Interfax-Ukraine citing CANADEM Mission Head Lloyd Axworthy.
According to the members of the mission, the attempts of the interference into the election process took place due to the hybrid war and could disrupt the elections. According to them, the first tour of the presidential elections was organized well.
The high voters’ turnout shows the democracy in the country and that the Ukrainian trust in the election process.
“We can say that the held elections and the way they were organized provide a good base for the next tour and the next parliamentary elections,” Lloyd Axworthy said.'
However, the Canadian observers are concerned about the difficulties during the change of the place of registration for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).
“The change of the place of voting for IDPs should be simplified for 1,6 million people in the country,” Axworthy said.
CANADEM mission will work in Ukraine until the end of the presidential elections.
According to the exit polls, Zelensky is the leader of the first round of presidential elections, while current president Poroshenko occupies the second place.
The Central Election Commission began protocol handling of the presidential elections in Ukraine.
As of 3 p.m., April 1, Volodymyr Zelensky enters the second tour of the elections with 30,41% of votes, while Petro Poroshenko occupies the second place with 16,03%.
The voters’ turnout in Ukraine made 63,45% and 62,71% as of 8:00 p.m., March 31.