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“So far, there is no point in speaking about any percents - there were 30,000 local elections commissions and polling stations,” he said. “By now, only a couple of protocols have been submitted into the Election vote counting system.”
Earlier, the Central Election Commission’s website published the results of counting 200 ballot papers, which demonstrated that the People’s Front led by current Rada speaker Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was the leader.Ukraine has more than 34.6 million eligible voters. About 30,000 polling stations were opened across Ukraine, and 112 stations were organized in 72 foreign countries.
As many as 6,436 candidates are vying parliamentary seats at today’s elections to the Verkhovna Rada. Under the national law, 50% of seats are to be taken by lawmakers elected by party tickets, and another 50% - by lawmakers elected in one-seat constituencies. A total of 3,114 candidates representing 29 parties are contesting 225 seats by party tickets, another 3,322 candidates /2,019 self-nominees and 1,303 nominated by parties/ are registered in one-seat constituencies.
At the previous parliamentary elections in 2012, 225 seats were taken by winners in one-seat constituencies.
This time, however, elections will not be held in a number of constituencies in the southeastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions, Mikhail Okhendovsky, the chairman of Ukraine’s Central Election Commission said earlier. In 2012, there were two constituencies in the city of Sevastopol and ten - in Crimea.
This year, as many as 27 seats in the Ukrainian parliament will be vacant, since only 198 lawmakers will be elected in one-seat constituencies.