TIRASPOL, December 26 (Itar-Tass) —— The Transdniestrian Central Elections Commission (CEC) will make public preliminary election results on Monday morning.
“I will make public preliminary election results at 10:00 local time. Then we will decide whether or not to find the election results valid and will make them public within three days,” CEC Chairman Pyotr Denisenko told reporters after the voting ended at 20:00 local time (22:00 Moscow time), the territorial committees began processing the ballots.
Denisenko noted “a very serious attitude to the elections by Transdniestrian residents,” which despite no threshold for the turnout in the second round showed a high turnout. According to the preliminary reports of the CEC, the turnout has made 51.57% at the moment the polling stations closed. “They do not want to stay aside from a landmark decision, each citizen has the feeling of responsibility for the future of the state,” the CEC head elaborated.
Transdniestria elected from two candidates on Sunday to rule the self-proclaimed republic for next five years. These candidates were the former parliamentary speaker Yevgeny Shevchuk and incumbent parliamentary speaker Anatoly Kaminsky. The intrigue of the voting in the first round remained in the runoff. Shevchuk and Kaminsky gained 38.55% and 26.3% in the first round, respectively. Igor Smirnov, who had headed Transdniestria since 1990, dropped from the presidential race with 24.6%. The winner should gain a majority in the second round. The observers believe that the outcome of the voting will depend from what candidate Smirnov’s electorate will side with. The elections can be declared invalid, if the majority of voters vote against both candidates. In this case a new voting will take place in three months. Though Smirnov’s supporters urged the voters to vote against all candidates, most observers consider this variant hardly probable.