Almost 96 percent vote for federalization at Lugansk referendum - tentative data

The Central Elections Committee of the referendum regarding the status of the Luhansk region is finalizing the count of votes.

The Central Elections Committee of the referendum regarding the status of the Lugansk region is finalizing the count of votes.

"Judging by tentative data, 95.98 percent have supported federalization of the Lugansk region," committee deputy chairman Oleksandr Malykhyn told Interfax on Monday.

"Votes have almost been counted in northern areas of the Lugansk region where the Ukrainian National Guard blocked polling stations with armored personnel carriers," he continued.

"We will see precise voting data by noon," the deputy chairman stressed.

In his words, the referendum turnout stood at 70 percent in the city of Lugansk and 81 percent across the region.

"A rally will be held in Lugansk in the evening, at approximately 5-6 p.m.," Malykhyn added.

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