Over 44 percent of voters voted in Crimea as of 2:00 p.m. Moscow time

The voter turnout in Crimea reached 44.7 percent by noon local time (2:00 p.m. Moscow time), Mikhail Malyshev, the head of the Crimean Supreme Council's commission in charge of the organization of the referendum, told a briefing on Sunday.

The voter turnout in Crimea reached 44.7 percent by noon local time (2:00 p.m. Moscow time), Mikhail Malyshev, the head of the Crimean Supreme Council's commission in charge of the organization of the referendum, told a briefing on Sunday.

According t Malyshev, over 43 percent of the population has voted in the city of Armyansk, some 45 percent have voted in Dzhankoi, and 64.35 percent of the population has voted in Kerch, the third largest city in Crimea.

Malyshev also said over half of the residents of Feodosia and 40 percent of the residents of Yalta have come to polling stations.

"I can say that there has never been such high voter turnout in Crimea," Malyshev said.

Some 670,600 people voted in Crimea as of 2:00 p.m. Moscow time, Malyshev said.

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