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Second round of Ukraine's presidential elections was fair, without substantive violations

Source : 112 Ukraine

Fewer violations were spotted during the second round than in the first round of the elections
15:50, 22 April 2019

Elections 2019 in Ukraine
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The second round of the presidential elections took place fairly and fewer violations were spotted as Voters’ Committee of Ukraine reported on Facebook.

The observers of the committee spotted the significant number of the agitation violations, actively spread in social media on the eve of the elections. Many users spread the advertisements of Zelensky with a sign “X time remained to change the course of history.” The advertisements of both candidates remained on the billboards and city lights even on pre-election silence. There were more such violations than in the first round.

Moreover, the information that it is necessary to cross the name of the one candidate while voting for another one was actively spread on the social networks. But it was not explained in the post that more than one mark in the ballot makes it null and void.

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According to Civil Network Opora, the most frequent violations were the attempts to issue ballot without a passport. Such cases took place at 5,5% of the polling stations. However, there were thrice less such violations in comparison with the first tour (14,5%). The Voters’ Committee added that the members of the commission tried to issue the ballots on the basis of the pension certificate, driver's license or foreign passport at some polling stations. These violations were spotted mostly in the rural area.

The number of observers significantly decreased in Mykolaiv, Cherkasy, Luhanks, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsia, Zaporizhia, Khmelnytsk, and Sumy regions in comparison with the first tour. Totally, 83,230 observers were registered from the public organization and 6,236 observers from the candidates for the presidency. However, fewer people worked in fact.

The observers noted that all spotted violations were not systematic and could not significantly influence the results of the elections, so, the second tour took place “in accordance with the standards of fair and free elections”.

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According to the National exit poll, Volodymyr Zelensky has 73,2%, while Petro Poroshenko got 25,3%.

The second round of the elections of the President of Ukraine kicked off in Ukraine on April 21, at 8 a.m. Ukraine’s polling stations opened as scheduled across the country with some minor delays, which were quickly addressed. The voting traditionally lasted for 12 hours; the polls closed at 8 p.m.

Earlier Petro Poroshenko commented on the results of the exit polls and congratulated Zelensky on victory in the second tour of the elections.

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