Ukrainians Go to the Polls Around the World
Around the world, Ukrainians are heading to polling stations to vote in Ukraine's parliamentary elections. From Australia to the UK and beyond, we take a listen to what voters are saying
Ukrainians in Poland can also vote in three other cities: Gdansk, Krakow, and Lublin. The polling stations will be open until 9 p.m. Kyiv time.
“The number of voters has grown in comparison to the presidential election. There are 19,404 voters on the list. However, the turnout is expected to be two times lower. An hour after the start of the voting, we can see that the line is shorter in comparison to the presidential election, and fewer people are interested in voting. It’s not surprising, since students have left for holidays, and workers are mostly seasonal, so they are outside Warsaw,” Oleksandr Kustovyi, the head of the election commission in Warsaw said.
Ukrainians are also voting in the Hague. The polling station in the Ukrainian Embassy is the only one in the Netherlands, so people go there from across the country. There are almost 1,900 eligible voters there.
“We came here from Amsterdam. The trip took 40 or 50 minutes. Our mom is with us, she also wants to vote. She has probably already voted. Mom thinks that it’s very important,” voter Dmytro Iyevliev said.
Three polling stations are operating in the Turkish cities of Istanbul, Ankara, and Antalya. In Ankara, less than 30 people out of 214 have already cast their ballots. The oldest registered voter is 85. Some people come to these polling stations from other regions.
“I came to vote because I see that Ukraine is going through a period of change now. I believe in the younger generation. I like how our President started his term of office. And I see many politicians — experienced not only in politics, but also in economics, law, and other fields. They are ready to help young people. It’s very good. Therefore, I came here to vote,” voter Iryna Lytvynova said.
In Hungary, the polling station for the parliamentary elections is situated in Budapest. There, several people came out to cast their votes for the future of the country.
“We’re from Kyiv. We’re on holiday now. The election process is organized well here, we voted quickly. Moreover, a person who’s voting for the first time is among us, it was interesting for her to take part in this process. We’re a large group,” a father said, his family around him.
While polling stations have already closed in Australia, Ukrainians around the world continue to cast their votes. As voting stations open and close, everyone eagerly awaits election results.