Comedian and showman Volodymyr Zelenskyy has won the presidential election in Ukraine, exit polls suggest.
According to preliminary results published by sociologists immediately after the polls closed, more than 70% of voters voted for him in the runoff against President Petro Poroshenko on 21 April.
According to the National Exit Poll, Zelenskyy was supported by 73.2% of voters, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko by 25.3%.
Zelenskyy won in all regions. In western Ukraine, he was supported by 57% (Poroshenko - 41.3%), in the centre by 70.3% (Poroshenko - 28%), in the south by 85.4% (Poroshenko - 13.4%), and in the east by 87.7% (Poroshenko - 11.2%).
The national exit poll was carried out jointly by the Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology and the Razumkov Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Studies. About 13,000 people were interviewed at 300 polling stations. The margin of error does not exceed 1.3%.
According to the exit poll ordered by TSN, 72.7% of voters voted for Zelenskyy and 27.3% for Poroshenko.
This exit poll was conducted by Kantar TNS and Info Sapiens at 600 polling stations throughout Ukraine. About 20,000 were interviewed. The margin of error does not exceed 0.7%.
According to an exit poll conducted by New Image Marketing Group and commissioned by the Global Management Association, 73.7% of voters supported Zelenskyy while 26.3% voted for Poroshenko.
The survey was conducted among 16,000 voters at 500 polling stations. The margin of error is 1.7%.
Zelenskyy announced his intention to run for president on the night of 1 January 2019.
In the first round of the election on 31 March, 30.24% of voters (5,714,034) voted for Zelenskyy.