KIEV, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - Polls have already closed in foreign constituencies as Ukrainians are voting for a new parliament, the country's Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
According to Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Andriy Olefirov, polling stations have already closed in Australia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and China, including in a separate Shanghai constituency.
Polls have opened at all but a few overseas constituencies, Ukraine's foreign ministry said. Voting is expected to start soon in the United States and South America.
"According to the information coming from the foreign constituencies, polls have opened in 102 out of 112 overseas constituencies as of noon [10:00 GMT]. Ukrainian voters in San Francisco will go to cast their ballots a bit later, at 5 p.m. Kiev time [15:00 GMT]," the ministry said.
Olefirov was cited by the Ukrainian UNIAN news agency as saying earlier that no incidents of vote rigging had been reported in the Ukrainian parliamentary polls overseas.
Early parliamentary elections are being held in Ukraine Sunday, October 26. Ukrainians are going to the polls to vote in 424 members of parliament — 225 of them from party lists and 199 in single-candidate constituencies. The electoral threshold is 5 percent.
The largest number of foreign polling stations have been set up in Russia, Germany, the United States, Poland and Italy.