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The worst election we've ever had

The Ukrainian presidential election on Easter Sunday, was accompanied by a further exchange of blows the two candidates. "It is very important that in the choice of the mind retains the upper hand," said incumbent Petro Poroshenko at the time of his vote in Kiev on Sunday. In the last published polls, the President was well behind the political newcomer and comedian Volodymyr Selenskyj.

Poroshenko said the vote could be Fun. "But after that, it should not be painful," said the incumbent. "I rely on the wisdom of the Ukrainian people."

About 30 million voters in the crisis-wracked Ex-Soviet Republic to vote called. First projections are expected shortly after the closing of polling from 19.00 hrs CEST.

Heated election campaign

Both candidates are Pro-Western course in the direction of the EU and Nato. They had supplied since the first ballot three weeks ago a heated election campaign. It was, among other things, to drug testing and a turbulent speech-duel in Kiev-Olympic-stadium.

Poroshenko had accused the political newcomer again and again his inexperience and populism. Selenskyj criticized, however, is that Poroshenko have not completed five years term in office, the war in the East of the impoverished country and corruption has increased.

Poroshenko said that the country had made huge progress. "We have a secure democratic Tradition and the power of Ukraine as a European state."

Selenskyj countered in the polling station: "Today, I voted for a worthy person in office." He promised to provide the corruption in the case of an election victory in combat.

by noon, the election Commission in Kiev registered a slightly higher turnout than in the first passage. About 18 percent of the voters were already in the morning your voice. Tens of thousands of police officers secured the 30,000 polling stations. In the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in the East is not selected.

"The worst election we've ever had"

The election campaign for the runoff election was in a political mudslinging out of hand, too many voters rated negative. "I'm glad the election is finally over," said the 37-year-old Sergei in a Kiev polling station. The TV-duel in the stadium, however, had been a Testament to the democracy in the country, said the man of the news Agency DPA.

at the same time other voters complained about the many false messages and smear campaigns, which dominated the election campaign. "That was the worst choice we've ever had in Ukraine", - said Vladislav, after he had voted. The bloody conflict in the East of Ukraine was one of the most important issues. Poroshenko was elected five years ago with the promise to end the conflict quickly.

According to the UN, have been killed in Fighting between government soldiers and Pro-Russian separatists around 13'000 people. The battles keep. The implementation of the 2015 agreed to Minsk peace plan is on ice. (fal/sda)

Created: 21.04.2019, 17:55 PM

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