by Theleaders-Online | April 1, 2019 6:31 am
KUALA LUMPUR: Ukrainian citizens in Malaysia took part in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election by voting at the embassy here, which ended at 8 pm last night.
The Ukraine embassy, quoting the Election Commission statistics, told Bernama International News Service that 106 out of 132 citizens cast their votes in the process that started at 8am.
Currently, there are some 500 Ukrainian citizens living in Malaysia, mainly comprising students, businessmen, those married to Malaysian citizens and also those married to citizens of other countries working in Malaysia.
The Ukraine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur have conducted parliamentary and presidential elections since the opening of its embassy here in 2002.
Ukrainian citizens overseas that have voted in the elections at 101 Ukraine embassies and consulates around the world – including in Malaysia – counts among the 30 million eligible voters of Ukraine.
The results of the first round of election held yesterday will be announced before April 10, while the results for the second round of the election, scheduled on April 21, will be announced on May 1.
The Ukraine electoral system stated that the election will go to a runoff between the top two candidates if none of the 39 candidates in the current election received more than half of the votes.
According to news agencies’ report, exit polls indicated that comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is projected to top the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election, while incumbent President Petro Poroshenko is forecasted to be second, and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is expected to be in the third position.
Reports by the news agencies also predicted that a runoff is likely.
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