News, 25/04/2019

Presidential Elections and Wave of False Bombing Threat in Kharkiv

On April 21, the second round of presidential elections took place in Ukraine. Following the first round voting results, current president Petro Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy were promoted to the second set.

In 14 electoral districts in the Kharkiv region, voter turnout amounted to 64.66 percent. The number of voters in the region is approximately 1.329 million residents.

According to the Central Election Commission, Volodymyr Zelenskiy won in all Kharkiv electoral districts with 86.88 percent which amounted to 1,154,617 voters. Petro Poroshenko got 11.17 percent with support from 148,505 voters.

According to the Central Electoral Commission, with 100 percent of ballot boxes opened, Volodymyr Zelenskiy leads with 73.22 percent of votes throughout Ukraine. About 24.45 percent of the electorate voted for Petro Poroshenko. Approximately 2.31 percent of ballot papers are considered invalid.

The Central Electoral Commission will declare the new President of Ukraine before May 1. The approximate date of the new president’s inauguration is May 28.

Kharkiv Regional State Administration informs that approximately 10,000 law enforcers guarded public order this day. According to National police in the Kharkiv region, 74 reports of possible infringements of laws were registered. One criminal proceeding was opened for illegal use of a ballot paper and one report on administrative offense for minor hooliganism was drawn up. Most of the reports concerned taking photos and spoiling ballot papers, identifying irregularities in lists of voters and conducting illegal election canvassing. Large scale violations during the elections have not been detected.

During the last four days, 40 reports about mining swept around the city and its region. These included schools, factories, administrative support services centers, Pivdenniy railway station, Kharkiv International Airport, Armiyska metro station, Kharkiv Appellate Court, shopping malls, hotels and a restaurant. Police checked all suspected locations and have not detected any explosive devices or dangerous substances. Police reported that the majority of false reports of mining came from the Russian Federation and temporary occupied Donbas territories.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo: vecherniy.kharkov.ua, National Police, Natalia Ivanova