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All polling stations open in Crimea’s Sevastopol timely, no violations at voting

March 16, 2014, 13:15 UTC+3 SEVASTOPOL
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SEVASTOPOL, March 16, /ITAR-TASS/. All polling stations in the Crimean city of Sevastopol opened timely, voting at a referendum on Crimea’s status is being held without any violations, chairman of Sevastopol election committee Valery Medvedev told reporters on Sunday.

“At present moment, according to reports to me, all 192 polling stations opened timely, voting is being held in routine mode, no violations were reported,” Medvedev said. In his words, despite rain that has been going in the city of Sevastopol since Sunday morning, turnout is quite high, people are standing in lines to vote.

Sevastopol residents are offered to answer two questions:

1. Do you support Crimea’s reunification with the Russian Federation as a constituent entity of the Russian Federation?

2. Do you support reinstatement of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Crimea and Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine on the rights of a broad autonomy?

The referendum will last from 8am local time until 8pm local time (10am-10pm Moscow time). A total of 192 polling stations will work in the city. As many as 306,000 city residents are entitled to vote. Official referendum results will be announced at a session of the city council in a few days.

Security measures are toughened during the plebiscite in the city. Police and the Sevastopol state service of emergency situations are put on alert. Rescuers and police will be on duty at polling stations. Meanwhile, city self-defence units will keep up order in the city streets. Meanwhile, traffic will be closed for personal vehicles from 05:00 local time on March 16 until March 17 on the Sevastopol central ring road. Meanwhile, public transport will work in routine mode.

Different entertainers, both local and those arriving from Russia, will give concerts on Sevastopol main square, Nakhimov Square, at the referendum. A rally will be held at the square after polling stations closed. Preliminary voting results will be announced at the rally.

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