In Ukraine, on the day of local elections on October 25, a total of 50 persons were hospitalized from polling stations, with one fatality reported.

That's according to Deputy Minister of Health Viktor Liashko, who spoke with Hromadske Radio.

"We registered 250 medical emergency calls from the polling stations, 50 persons were hospitalized, one died from cardiac arrest before the ambulance arrived," the senior health officer elaborated.

The official also spoke about the observance of anti-epidemic requirements by members of precincts and voters.

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"Most often violations at polling stations include non-observance of social distancing and the failure to set up safety screens for members of election commissions," Liashko said.

He believes local elections should not lead to another COVID-19 surge.

Local elections in Ukraine: Background

  • On October 25, local elections were held across Ukraine.
  • According to the CEC data, voter turnout stood at 36.88%.
  • The elections were held according to the proportional system with open lists of candidates.
  • In Crimea, Sevastopol, in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, no local elections were held.