Ukrainian confectionary tycoon Pyotr Poroshenko is winning the presidential election in the first round of voting, having secured more than 50 percent of votes, several exit polls show.
Some 55.9 percent of voters have cast their ballots for Poroshenko in the regions of Ukraine taking part in May 25 elections, according to the national exit-poll. Another Ukrainian exit-poll organized by local TV channels claims the businessman has gathered 57.3 percent support.
Poroshenko’s main election rival, ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko of Batkivschina (Fatherland) Party, is not likely to get a referendum on Ukraine’s accession to NATO that she called for on Sunday during a run-off ballot – as it’s highly likely that there will not be one. According to Ukrainian law, a single round of voting is enough for a candidate with more than 50 percent of votes to win.