Monday, February 8, 2010

Viktor Yanukovych is a winner of Presidential race in accordance with exit polls

Viktor Yanukovych, leader of the Party of the Regions and seen as pro-Moscow, has defeated prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the February 7 2010 second round of presidential elections in Ukraine, according to various exit polls, media reports from Kyiv said. Russian news agency Itar-TASS said that the Research and Branding Group exit poll gave Yanukovych 50.26 per cent and Tymoshenko 44.3 per cent. Exit polls gave Yanukovych a three to six point lead, the BBC said. The National Exit Poll, a consortium partly funded by Western embassies, said Yanukovych had secured 48.7 per cent of the vote against Tymoshenko's 45.5 per cent. Another exit poll, by ICTV, said he took 49.8 per cent of the vote against her 45.2 per cent, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said. Incumbent president Viktor Yushchenko lost in the first round. If confirmed, it would be a remarkable comeback for Yanukovych, who was swept aside five years ago by the peaceful "Orange Revolution", RFE said. However, the Tymoshenko camp said that it was too early to concede and irregularities could not be ruled out. Russia’s RIA Novosti quoted the head of the delegation of observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as saying that the elections had been transparent and the loser should accept the result.

You can trace a vote counting on the official site of the Central election commission of Ukraine at