Ukrainian presidential elections took place freely, competitive, - OSCE Mission

Source : 112 Ukraine

Everything will be determined in the second tour, - OSCE Special Coordinator Ilkka Kanerva
17:40, 1 April 2019

Ilkka Kanerva, the OSCE Special Coordinator

The first tour of the presidential elections in Ukraine took place in the conditions of the competition and the citizens were provided will all conditions for the free expression of the will as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing OSCE observers.

According to OSCE Special Coordinator Ilkka Kanerva, the elections took place freely.

“We can say that generally, the elections took place freely. It is very important for that all resources of the elections should be properly used,” he stated.

“Certainly, we can say that these elections were competitive and the possibility to vote for a candidate chosen by a citizen was provided. Certainly, everything will be determined in the second tour,” Kanerva emphasized.

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He specified that according to his own conclusions, the competition of the elections will lead to the second tour.

“I hope that it will inspire the Ukrainians to continue the democratic development in the world and security…with European values,” he stated.

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

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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.

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