After 99% vote count, Sandu ahead in Moldovan presidential run-off with 56.91% (UPDATE)

After 99% vote count, Sandu ahead in Moldovan presidential run-off with 56.91% (UPDATE)

Leader of the pro-European opposition Party of Action and Solidarity Maia Sandu is ahead securing 56.91% of the vote in the Sunday run-off, while incumbent President Igor Dodon receives 43.09%, according to Moldova’s Central Election Commission (CEC) after counting over 99% of ballots.

According to the latest data, over 910,000 Moldovan citizens voted for Sandu, while over 689,000 gave their votes to Dodon.

The CEC still has to process the ballots from about 20 polling stations outside of Moldova. All ballots cast domestically were counted. According to the CEC, over 92% of Moldovan citizens voting abroad supported Sandu.

01:12 (GMT+4) Leader of the pro-European opposition Party of Action and Solidarity Maia Sandu is ahead securing 51% of votes in the Sunday runoff, while Incumbent President Igor Dodon receives 48%, Moldova’s Central Election Commission (CEC) said after counting 70% of the ballots received from polling stations, Trend reports citing TASS.

Earlier on Sunday, CEC Deputy Chairman Vladimir Sarban said at a briefing after the polling stations closed in Moldova, that "the vote was held with no major incidents and in a transparent manner."

According to CEC latest reports, the turnout amounted to 52.69%.

On November 15, Moldova held the presidential runoff. Incumbent President Igor Dodon is challenged by leader of the pro-European opposition Party of Action and Solidarity Maia Sandu, who is keen to stage a comeback after her defeat to Dodon in the 2016 presidential runoff. In the first round, Dodon won 32.6% of votes, while Sandu secured 36.1%. The candidate with most votes will be declared the winner. The runoff ended in Moldova at 21.00 local time.

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