Monday, 18 January 2010


Ukrainians have casted their votes for the new President today. The country has been paralysed by the coming elections for months now, it's time to move on. But this paralysis is not over yet. We'll have to wait until the second round on February 7. According to the preliminary results in the next round Ukrainians will have a non-choice between Viktor Yanukovych and Yulia Timoshenko. 19% of the votes have been processed so far. Three-and-a-half million people is a big enough sample to assume this result will still be valid in the morning.

What's interesting to see is that the amount of people who voted for nobody is higher among the voters abroad than in Ukraine. Inside the country it's 2,17% of the voters who couldn't (or didn't want to) choose. Abroad it's 4,43%. Ukrainians abroad have less information; observe the situation from a distance and realise there is no choice; and feel less pressure to make a choice. Poltavska oblast is the fastest one to precess the results - 34,15% already. Ivano-Frankivska oblast is the most lazy one - 8,94%. Yanukovych is most popular in Donetsk oblast (surprise!!!), Timoshenko occupies Volynska oblast.

I'm going to bed now hoping the world will not turn upside down while I'm not watching.

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