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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

CEC Establishes the Election Results

On April 7, the Central Election Commission (CEC)  adopted the final results of the 31 March presidential election and announced a second round of voting (run-off) between the two frontrunners, Volodymyr Zelenskyi and the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko on 21 April. The final results confirmed the preliminary results as reported by the CEC on April 4 following the electronic transfer of tabulated voting results from all polling stations in Ukraine.

Overall, the first round of the 2019 presidential election was conducted without instances of large-scale violations. OPORA and international election observation missions noted that there were isolated incidents, including voters allowed to vote without showing proper ID, voters taking a photo of their marked ballot (potentially indicating vote buying schemes), and a few instances of Precinct Election Commissions (PECs) beginning opening procedures prior to 7:15 am and not allowing observer presence at the opening session.

Overall, however, it was concluded that the March 31 presidential election took place in a competitive environment and in accordance with international standards. The isolated cases of electoral violations did not become a critical obstacle for citizens exercising their voting rights.
Among the key issues in the pre-election period, observers noted a lack of campaign finance transparency, a significant role of money in the election campaigning and cases of abuse of administrative resources.