Ukraine election update: Zelensky far ahead with over 92% of votes counted
Ukrainian presidential candidate, showman Volodymyr Zelensky is far ahead of his two close competitors, enjoying 30.25% of votes after the Central Election Commission (CEC) has processed 92.09% of voting protocols of Ukraine's March 31 presidential election.
Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko was supported by 15.95% of voters and 13.39% voted for Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
Co-chairman of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party Yuriy Boyko had 11.53% of the vote. Some 6.99% of voters supported leader of the Civil Position Party Anatoliy Hrytsenko, while 6.99% voted for ex-chief of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Ihor Smeshko. Leader of the Radical Party Oleh Liashko scored 5.47%, candidate from the Opposition Bloc – Party of Peace and Development Oleksandr Vilkul got 4.21%, and candidate from the Svoboda Party Ruslan Koshulynsky had 1.65%.
All other candidates received less than 1% of the vote.
Some 1.18% of ballots were announced to be void.
The first two candidates with the largest number of votes will face each other in a run-off. The second round of the election vote in Ukraine is scheduled for April 21.