With 99.53% of vote counted, six parties win seats in Rada
The Central Election Commission had by Thursday processed 99.53% of the official voting returns from polling stations in the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada, and was awaiting results from around 60 district election commissions, officials have told UNIAN.
With the vote almost completed, six parties are certain to have won seats in parliament, having broken the 5% vote threshold to claim representation in the Rada.
According to data on the CEC Web site, the six parties are: the Popular Front with 22.16% of the vote, the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko with 21.82%, Samopomich with 10.99%, the Opposition Bloc with 9.40%, the Radical Party with 7.44%, and Batkivshyna with 5.68%.
The rest of the 29 parties running for election failed to cross the 5% vote barrier. They include the right-wing Svoboda Party and the far-right Right Sector Party.
However, some representatives of smaller parties may still make it into the Rada, as half of its 450 seats are awarded on the basis of first-past-the-post election races in electoral constituencies. Experts say about half of these so-called single mandate parliament seats might go to independent candidates.