Exit poll: Tigipko would have won presidential election if he participated in run-off

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Feb. 9, 2010, 7:26 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Sergiy Tigipko, who came third in the first round of Ukraine's presidential election on Jan. 17, would have left his opponents behind if he won through to the run-off, according to the results of an exit poll initiated by the ICTV Channel and conducted by pollster GfK NOP. If Tigipko and Yulia Tymoshenko won through to the run-off presidential election, they would have collected 42.9% and 27% of the vote respectively, the channel's press service reported on Tuesday.

If Tigipko and Viktor Yanukovych won through to the run-off presidential election, they would have garnered 43.1% and 31.6% of the vote respectively.

A total of 21,635 respondents were interviewed during the exit poll. Some 13.1% of those polled declined to participate in the poll.

As a result, the gap between Tigipko and Tymoshenko would have been 15.9% and between Tigipko and Yanukovych 11.5%.
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Anonymous Feb. 9, 2010, 11:17 p.m.    

hopefully he finds a place with Yanu to legitimately restructure the government, like he said he would do

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 1:17 p.m.    

Ukraine needs to abandon the presidential system and embrace a European parliamentary system of governance. If it wants to become a member of the EU. It is failed to do so then it can kiss goodbye to EU membership. 25 out of 27 EU states are parliamentary democracies. (The exception is France and Cyprus)

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 1:15 p.m.    

Had Ukraine adopted a single round preferential voting system then yes he could have had a chance of being elected.

The two round voting system is seriously flawed and need to be brought into the 21st Century. A preferential voting system delivers greater stability and is more democratic.

Ukraine must adopt it for all other elections including local government elections scheduled to be held in May.

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