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Hundreds of thousands of Kyivans made it to polling stations on Oct. 25 to choose Kyiv mayor and elect the members of 120-seat Kyiv City Council.

Voter turnout exceedes 22 percent as of 4 p.m., according Volodymyr
Bondarenko, who heads Kyiv city administration.
Some 222 violations were reported during the Elections Day by Opora elections watchdog.

The observers said the voter turnout was “modest,” but those Kyivans polled by the Kyiv Post said it’s important for them to take part in the elections – either parliamentary or local ones.

“I was an urdent EuroMaidan Revolution supporter, so I don’t skip elections, we have no right to neglect it,” Olena Yeremenko told the Kyiv Post after casting her ballot. “I believe that possible changes will take place, so I decided to give my vote to the incumbent mayor and his party. We need to give them more time and see what they can do.

Meanwhile, Oksana Zadorozhna went to her polling station in the central Pechersk district with no particular candidate on her mind.

“I decided to take part (in the elections), so no one else would use my vote,” Zadorozhna
says. “But I don’t believe (elections) would change anything. They (the politicians) have already decided it all instead of us.”


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