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Almost 2,200 violations reported during Ukraine’s presidential vote — ministry

The violations were non-systemic and "could not in any way affect the final result of the vote," an interior ministry official said

KIEV, April 1. /TASS/. Ukrainian police has registered 2,199 reports of violations committed during the first round of presidential election on Sunday and launched 39 criminal cases into them, an interior ministry official told reporters.

"A total of 2,199 complaints and reports about irregularities in the electoral process have been registered. Most of them are related to illegal campaigning (135), taking pictures of ballots (129), bribery of voters (45)," said Zoryan Shkiryak, an advisor to the Ukrainian interior minister. "39 criminal cases were launched."

The official added that the violations were non-systemic and "could not in any way affect the final result of the vote."

The country’s authorities have received no reports indicating large-scale election fraud, he added.

Ukraine’s Central Election Commission said earlier in the day that no "systemic violations" were reported during the first round.

On Sunday, Ukraine voted in the first round of the seventh presidential election in its history. The record number of candidates - 39 people - was registered. According to exit polls, published shortly after polling stations closed on Sunday evening, comedian Vladimir Zelensky and incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko will face each other in the runoff due on April 21.

According to the data the CEC published after counting 5% of the ballots, Zelensky leads the vote with 28.7%, Poroshenko is gaining 17.31%. Tymoshenko trails closely behind, with 14.61%. She is followed by Yuri Boyko, candidate from the Opposition Platform - For Life, who has 10.43%. The last candidate in the top five is Anatoly Gritsenko of the Civil Position party with 6.81%.

The runoff is scheduled for April 21.