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Incumbent mayor wins controversial election in central Ukraine

MP Semen Semenchenko scored 11 per cent.

Incumbent mayor wins controversial election in central Ukraine
Yuriy Vilkul
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Incumbent Kryvyy Rih mayor Yuriy Vilkul has received 74.18 per cent of votes in the repeat mayoral election now that 100 per cent of vote count reports have been processed, city election commission head Pavlo Hyvel has told Interfax-Ukraine.

Self-Help candidate Semen Semenchenko scored 10.92 per cent, Power of People candidate Svitlana Sova, 4.67 per cent, and UKROP candidate Mykola Kolesnyk, 4.36 per cent.

The repeat election on 27 March 2016 was called after Yuriy Vilkul beat Self-Help candidate Yuriy Myloboh with a narrow lead of 752 votes (0.42 per cent of those who cast their votes) in the autumn 2015. The election caused concerns vote rigging among local residents who demanded that its results be invalidated.