In many areas of Ukraine, voters were called upon to elect their mayor. Vitali Klitschko competed again in the capital Kiev – and probably decided the victory for himself.
In the mayoral election in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, incumbent Vitali Klitschko narrowly won the first ballot in a parallel count, according to his party. “According to the information from the polling stations, Vitali Klitschko’s result is 50.9 percent,” said the head of the UDAR (Schlag) party’s campaign staff, Oxana Prodan, according to a statement on Monday. Officially, there were still no results more than 16 hours after the polling stations closed. Predictions on Sunday evening had seen the 49-year-old Klitschko with less than 50 percent of the vote. In this case a runoff would be necessary.
Klitschko’s predecessor in office, Alexander Popow (59), would therefore come far behind with 9.5 percent of the vote. A total of 20 people applied for the office of mayor in the city of three million.
Only 34 percent turnout
The ex-boxing world champion could not vote because of an infection with the corona virus that became known on Saturday. He has ruled the city since 2014. Only around 34 percent of the approximately 2.1 million eligible voters took part in the vote in the capital.
According to the available forecasts, candidates from President Volodymyr Zelenskyi’s party were unable to win or make it into the runoff election in any major city. Observers saw this as a defeat for Zelenskyi, who had ruled since May 2019. A year ago, the new party Sluha Naroda (Servant of the People) won more than half the seats in the parliamentary elections and is governing without a coalition partner.
There was no voting near the front line
On Sunday, around 28.6 million eligible voters across the country were called on to elect more than 1,400 mayors and mayors. In addition, more than 40,000 members of regional and local parliaments had to be elected.
There was no election in the parts of the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, which have been ruled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014. Despite the ceasefire, around half a million Ukrainians were not allowed to vote on their local representatives along the front line, even in government territory. According to UN estimates, more than 13,000 people have already been killed in the conflict.