Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov predicts that the turnout in local elections will be 55-65%.
“As practice shows, the turnout in local elections is slightly less than in parliamentary or presidential ones, but it will remain give or take 55-65%,” Razumkov said at a press conference in Kharkiv on Thursday.
At the same time, according to him, given the fact that elections to territorial communities will be held in Ukraine under the new system, the interest of voters may be higher.
On July 30, a resolution of the Verkhovna Rada came into force on the appointment of elections to local authorities for Sunday, October 25, this year.
It is envisaged that on October 25 “regular elections of deputies of local councils and village, settlement, town heads” will take place, except for the annexed Crimea and the occupied territories of Donbas.
Voter turnout at the presidential election in Ukraine as of 15:00 on Sunday was 45.12%, according to data from 197 out of the total of 199 electoral districts, Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC) reported on its website. The data on voter turnout came from 197 electoral districts throughout Ukraine. The total number of electoral districts is 199.
Voter turnout in Vinnytsia region stood at 46.34%, in Volyn region at 48.21%, in Dnipropetrovsk region at 48.74%, in Donetsk region at 44.35%, in Zhytomyr region at 47.13%, in Zakarpattia region at 29.35%, in Zaporizhia region at 49.09%, in Ivano-Frankivsk region at 38.52%, in Kyiv region at 46.81%, in Kirovohrad region at 47.59%, in Luhansk region at 43.49%, in Lviv region at 41.18%, and in Mykolaiv region at 45.8%.
The first round of the presidential election has drawn a voter turnout of 41.84% in Odesa region, 48.84% in Poltava region, 46.74% in Rivne region, 48.1% in Sumy region, 42.49% in Ternopil region, 45.98% in Kharkiv region, 46.94% in Khmelnytsky region, 47.46% in Cherkasy region, 36.16% in Chernivtsi region, 48.69% in Chernihiv region, 43.78% in Kherson region and 46.47% in Kyiv.
Ukraine is holding the first round of its presidential election on Sunday. The polling stations will close at 20:00. A record-large number of candidates – 39 – are running in this presidential election.