Incumbent mayor of Kharkiv Hennadiy Kernes / Photo from UNIAN

Kernes, a nominee from the Vidrodzhennia party, is in the lead with 59.3%, Chairman of the CVU's Kharkiv office Mykhailo Kamchatny said at a briefing on Sunday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

Taras Sitenko, nominated by the Samopomich (Self Reliance) Party led by incumbent mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovy, ranks second with 16.4%, self-nominee Yuriy Sapronov is third with 6.3% and candidate from the Volunteers Party and former Kharkiv region governor Ihor Baluta is fourth with 5.3%.

Petro Poroshenko Bloc's candidate Oleksandr Davtian ranks fifth with 4.5%.

The split of the seats at Kharkiv City Council may be the following: Vidrodzhennia Party has got 51.3% of votes, Samopomich 16.4%, the Poroshenko Party Bloc "Solidarnist" 6.9%, Nash Kray (known for including 60 incumbent and acting mayors, most of whom until recently were representatives of the ousted president Viktor Yanukovych's Regions Party) 4.5%, and the Batkivschyna Party led by Yulia Tymoshenko 3.4%.

The exit poll was conducted among randomly selected 3,828 respondents at 75 polling stations in Kharkiv from 08:00 to 18:00 on October 25.