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Comedian Zelensky won 1st round of Ukraine’s presidential election with 30.24% & it’s not a joke ahead of April 21 runoff

Ukrainian comedian Vladimir Zelensky won the first round of presidential elections with 30.24% after voting on Sunday, March 31.

Zelensky won more votes than current president Petro Poroshenko (15.95%) and main opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenkoof (13.4%) combined according to official results released by the Ukrainian Central Election Commission (CEC) on Thursday.

A total of 39 candidates participated in the first round but since no one managed to win with an absolute majority presidential runoff election will be held on April 21.

Due to the March 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia and the occupation of parts of Donetsk Oblast and Luhansk Oblast by pro-Russian separatists (since April 2014), roughly 12% of eligible voters could not participate in the elections.

Ukraine election statistics

  • 39 presidential candidates
  • 34 544 993 registered voters
  • 63.52% voter turnout
  • 2 344 international observers from 17 countries
  • 139 Ukranian NGO’s registered as observers

Ukraine's 2019 presidential election results (First Round)

CandidatePartyVotes%
Volodymyr ZelenskyServant of the People5 713 82530.24
Petro PoroshenkoIndependent3 014 53815.95
Yulia TymoshenkoFatherland2 532 230 13.40
Yuriy BoykoIndependent2 205 97411.67
Anatoliy HrytsenkoCivil Position1 306 4116.91
Ihor SmeshkoIndependent1 141 3026.04
Oleh LyashkoRadical Party1 035 9445.48
Oleksandr VilkulOpposition Bloc784 2464.15
Ruslan KoshulynskyiSvoboda307 2401.62
Invalid/blank votes222 9481.18
Total19 116 809100
Registered voters/turnout30 056 12763.60
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