SIMFEROPOL, March 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Authorities in Crimea are summing up results of Sunday’s referendum on reunification with Russia. The commission of the Supreme Soviet of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea that was in charge of organizing the referendum is expected to announce the first official results within the coming sixty or so minutes.
For the sake of truth, though, there are few doubts as regards the outcome of Sunday’s voting. An exit poll taken Sunday and published right after the closure of polling stations suggested that 93% of those who had come to the polling stations said ‘yes’ to the reunification of the region with the Russian Federation.
Only 7% voters spoke in favor of Crimea’s remaining an integral part of Ukraine.
Preliminary data also indicates that the actual turnout of voters at the polls was 81.36%.
Sergei Aksyonov, the Prime Minister of the Autonomous Republic, also said about 40% of the Crimean Tatars had taken part in the referendum, too, in spite of the calls by some members of the Mejlis (Council) of the Crimean Tatar People to stay away from voting.