Ukraine election: Zelensky in big lead as 99.89% votes counted
The Central Election Commission (CEC) has processed 99.89% of the protocols of precinct election commissions in the first round of presidential elections held on Sunday, March 31.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, showman Volodymyr Zelensky so far saw support of 30.23% of the voters.
Some 15.95% of voters voted for the incumbent head of state, Petro Poroshenko, and 13.39% - for leader of the Batkivshchyna Party, Yulia Tymoshenko, meaning that the latter has not made it to the runoff.
Co-chairman of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party Yuriy Boyko had 11.67% of the vote. Some 6.91% of voters supported leader of the Civil Position Party Anatoliy Hrytsenko, while 6.04% 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 4.15%, and candidate from the Svoboda Party Ruslan Koshulynsky had 1.62%.
The remaining candidates gained under 1% of the votes.
A total of 18,873,399 votes have been counted.
Some 1.18% of ballots have been declared invalid.
The CEC has not yet received protocols from two precincts in Vinnytsia region, nine in Kyiv region, 10 in Odesa region, and 20 in Chernivtsi region.