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.