1 Apr 2019 17:11

March 31 presidential election held without systemic violations - Ukrainian interior minister

KYIV. April 1 (Interfax) - The first round of the presidential election in Ukraine passed without systemic violations and the level of security was unprecedented, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.

"All [police officers] worked wonderfully, and we really are seeing an unprecedented level of security and protection of rights in these elections," Avakov told the Central Election Commission on Monday.

"We did not see any systemic violations during these elections," he said.

However, there were many reports of law violations, he said. "A total of 2,605 complaints have been received and 61 criminal cases opened," Avakov said.

At the same time, he stressed that those were rather isolated violations, "sometimes even anecdotal and funny, sometimes minor."