Over 97% of votes counted: Zelensky has almost twice Poroshenko's share
Ukrainian presidential candidate, showman Volodymyr Zelensky has almost twice the votes cast for his nearest competitor, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, 30.23% vs. 15.92%, respectively, after the Central Election Commission (CEC) has processed 97.10% of voting protocols of Ukraine's March 31 presidential election.
Some 13.40% voted for Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
Co-chairman of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party Yuriy Boyko had 11.63% of the vote. Some 6.93% of voters supported leader of the Civil Position Party Anatoliy Hrytsenko, while 6.03% voted for ex-chief of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Ihor Smeshko. Leader of the Radical Party Oleh Liashko scored 5.48%, candidate from the Opposition Bloc – Party of Peace and Development Oleksandr Vilkul got 4.17%, and candidate from the Svoboda Party Ruslan Koshulynsky had 1.63%.
All other candidates received less than 1% of the vote.
Some 1.18% of ballots were announced to be void.
The CEC has already counted 18,290,706 votes.
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.