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96.6% of Crimeans support the republic’s accession to the Russian Federation

March 17, 2014, 10:47 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL

The data did not include votes from Sevastopol

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SIMFEROPOL, March 17. /ITAR-TASS/. At the referendum in Crimea on Sunday, 96.6% supported the republic’s accession to the Russian Federation, Head of the Supreme Council’s Commission on Referendum Organization Mikhail Malyshev said on air of the Krym (Crimea) broadcasting company on Monday.

The television channel reports 100% ballots have been processed.

The data did not include votes from Sevastopol.

A referendum on the status of Crimea was held on the peninsula on Sunday, March 16. The voter turnout exceeded 81%. 

Some 70 observers from 23 countries were monitoring the referendum. According to some of them, the voting passed in a calm atmosphere, in an organized and transparent way. Head of the mission of international observers Mateusz Piskorski (Poland) said that their final declaration would be announced on Monday morning.

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