#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – July 16 – Syrian President Bashar Assad has won a third term in office, garnering 88.7 percent of votes in Tuesday’s presidential election.
The public took to the polls in government-controlled areas, but not in rebel-held parts of the north and east.
Assad’s main challengers, Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, received 4.3 percent and 3.2 percent of the vote.
Assad was sworn in for a new seven-year term on state television on Wednesday following more than three years of civil war that has left tens of thousands of Syrians dead.
#AceWorldNews – SLOVIANSK – In the town of Sloviansk as many as 97.5% of those who participated in last Sunday’s referendum voted for the state independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the head of the territorial election commission, Vilia Bakhtashevich told ITAR-TASS.
The official said the turnout for the referendum was as high as 72.1% (72,575 residents of the town besieged by the Ukrainian forces, and 70,743 of them supported the state independence act of the DPR).
On Sunday the polling stations in Sloviansk had to stay open longer than expected, till 22:00 despite the night-time curfew effective from 20:00.
The Luhansk region has processed the results of the May 11 referendum on self-rule. Around 96.2% of people voted in favor of independence, spokesman for Luhansk’s press service Valery Nikitin told ITAR-TASS on Monday.
The people in the Luhansk region were asked the only question at the referendum: “Do you support the independence of the Luhansk People’s Republic?” Nikitin said that 96.2% of voters answered “yes”, 3.2% said “no”, and 0.74% of ballot papers were found invalid.
Earlier, the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic reported that the turnout at the referendum stood at 81%. Around 1.6 million voters are registered in the Luhansk region.
#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 11 – Turnout at the referendum is exceptionally high, the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, told Interfax.
“The turnout is not just high, it’s off the charts,” Lyagin said. “People are queuing up at polling stations, and election commissions are working at full capacity.”
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In Lugansk, 22 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots two hours after the polls opened, a leader of the city’s self-defense forces, Vasily Nikitin, told RIA Novosti.
In Mariupol, recovering from Friday’s deadly clashes, only eight polling stations have been opened, according to the coordinator of the central election commission of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, Boris Litvinov.
Those willing to vote have to wait for their turn in huge queues.