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Second round of presidential election in Ukraine: Key points

Source : 112 Ukraine

Millions of Ukrainian citizens make their choice at polling stations on April 21, as incumbent President Petro Poroshenko stands against showman Volodymyr Zelensky
12:00, 21 April 2019

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00:58

Here, we will stop our broadcasted dedicated to the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine. Thanks for staying with us!

00:46

The turnout during the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine made 62,06% as of 8 pm.  

23:44

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Zelensky on his victory:

"Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential elections. Ukraine is a valued NATO partner and we look forward to continuing our cooperation".

23:07

1+1 updates the results of the exit polls: Volodymyr Zelensky wins 72,8%, Petro Poroshenko gets 27,2%. 

22:45

Central Election Commission has processed 1,61% of protocols:

- Volodymyr Zelensky gets 70,94% of the votes

- the current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko – 26,71%

21:24 Let us remind you Who is Mr. Ze: All we need to know about Volodymyr Zelensky and what world media wrote about him.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the candidate for the presidency in Ukraine
politeka.net

20:33 President Petro Poroshenko and the winning opponent Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the result of the votes. Poroshenko recognized his defeat and announced he would not withdraw from politics - even after leaving his office.  

20:08. Volodymyr Zelensky wins 73.2% of votes in the second tour of Presidential elections in Ukraine, according to the preliminary results of the National exit poll as of 6 p.m. Kyiv time (GMT+3). Petro Poroshenko gets 25,3% of votes.

20:05. Volodymyr Zelensky wins 72.7% votes in the second tour of Presidential elections in Ukraine, according to the preliminary results of the TSN (1+1 TV channel) exit poll as of 6 p.m. Kyiv time (GMT+3). Petro Poroshenko gets 27,3 % votes.

20:03. Volodymyr Zelensky wins 73.7% votes in the second tour of Presidential elections in Ukraine, according to the final results of an All-Ukrainian exit poll by the New Image Marketing Group as of 6 p.m. Kyiv time (GMT+3). Petro Poroshenko gets 26.3% votes.

19:50 Minutes remain to the end of the voting day in Ukraine. The first results of exit polls will be released immediately, at 8 p.m. Then, they will be specified and refreshed.  

19:30 In Zhytomyr region, voters reported that in several cabins, there were pens with the dissolving ink. 

19:18 As of 6 p.m., the turnout in Avdiivka, in Donbas combat area made 70 percent.

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18:49 The last polling station in the U.S. opened in San Francisco. 

18:10 In the Khmelnytsky region, observers spotted several cases of 'dead souls voting'.

17:46 OPORA NGO observers reported a case of ballot-box stuffing in Luhansk region.

17:25 Natalya Bernatska, the secretary of the Central Election Committee stated that the elections are over in 11 foreign districts - in Australia, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Malaysia, Singapore, Shanghai, Vietnam, Thailand, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. 

17:15 As of 3 p.m., the overall turnout in Ukraine made 45.26 percent. The first round's overall voters' turnout (as of 3 p.m.) equaled 45.08 percent. 

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16:42 In Ivano-Frankivsk (western Ukraine), some voter threw a ballot with 'SOS' abbreviation on it inside the voting urn. 

'SOS' bulletin inside the voting urn
Chesno

16:15 The voters' turnout on the South Pole-based Akademik Vernadsky polar station made 100 percent; that is twelve people. The voting process lasted for about an hour.

As of 3 p.m., 3,422 Ukrainian citizens voted in Poland.

In Berlin, the voters' turnout appeared to be 50 percent higher than that in the first round. 

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15:41 Ukrainians began to vote at foreign polling stations in the United States.

15:30 As of 3 p.m., the police reported 690 violations of electoral law across the country. 

15:00 OPORA NGO presented their data about the overall turnout by regions as of 12 a.m. The overall, nationwide turnout made about 25 percent. Western regions are currently the outsiders in terms of active voting (the rate makes 18.4 percent), while the western, southern and central regions seem to be equally active (the rate is about 25 percent).

Voters turnout as of 12.00 April 21, as presented by OPORA
oporaua.org

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14:45. The police passed Volodymyr Zelensky a protocol about the administrative violation, as he showed his bulletin after voting. He faces a fine up to 28 U.S. dollars (750 Ukrainian hryvnas).

14:20. An incident occurred in Kaharlyk, Kyiv region. The man stole a bulletin from the polling station and escaped on a bicycle. The police followed him home immediately. His wife opened the door and gave the law enforcers two bulletins - the stolen one, and another bulletin that the man stole during the first round. The criminal case was opened.

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13:40. The Central Election Committee stated that the overall turnout of voters in Ukraine is currently higher than that at this particular time in the first round of the election. As of 11 a.m., the turnout in 199 districts makes 18.15 percent; in the first round, it was 16.65.  

13:30. Meanwhile, the foreign polling station in Australia has closed, as the working hours there are over; in Georgia, 35 percent of Ukrainian voters have cast their ballots so far (as of 1 p.m. April 21); in Belgium, 300 Ukrainians managed to vote over four hours - however, about 2,500 Ukrainian citizens expressed the will to vote in this country.

13:10. As of 12 a.m., district electoral committee No. 60 in Lebedynske, Donetsk region has not opened yet. There was no electoral commission there; three members of OPORA NGO came there and agreed to act as members of the station's district electoral commission. 

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12:50. Photos of Zelensky showing his bulletin after voting appeared on the Web. The coordination HQ for public order provision claimed that if such fact is confirmed, he would be held accountable and will have to answer in law.

Zelensky showing his bulletin after voting on April 21, 2019
Open source

12:15. Both presidential candidates, Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky already voted. Before voting, the current head of the state and his family came to a church for prayer.

Petro Poroshenko voting at polling station, April 21
Chesno

As Zelensky was on his way to a polling station, a naked Femen activist tried to rush to him, shouting 'Stop raping the country!' and 'Pig in the poke!'

Femen, Zelensky, April 21, 2019
RBC-Ukraine

11:50. Interior Affairs Ministry reports 179 statements about violations on the election day. Unknown culprits did damage to the polling station; no specifications of the nature of the damage. 

11:25. As of 11 a.m., the voters' turnout on the nationwide level made 7.93 percent, the Central Election Committee reported. This is based on the data from four electoral districts from 199 across the country. The Central Election Committee claimed that the data about voters activity came from Kyiv, Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv region. 

Related: Facebook reminds Ukrainians about second round of presidential elections

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The second round of the presidential election takes place in Ukraine Sunday, April 21. Citizens of almost 45-million-strong country are voting on their polling station on this day, from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. Ukrainians choose between the two candidates - the incumbent leader Petro Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky. 

A citizen can vote if he/she brings an ID to the polling station - a passport, a temporary ID of a Ukrainian citizen, or a military registration card (as long as the person serves as the army conscript).

The first round took place on March 31. Zelensky scored 30.24 percent of votes, while Poroshenko collected 15.95 percent. The remaining 39 candidates, thus, left the race and already prepare for the parliamentary election in Ukraine, which is scheduled for October 2019. 

Related: Vote-buying attempts, illegal agitation: 262 violations registered during Ukraine's election silence

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