100% ballots processed: 96.77% Crimeans vote to join Russia

17 March 2014 10:25

Processing of 100% ballots from the Crimean referendum showed 96.77% voters are in favor of Crimea becoming a part of Russia, Chairman of the Crimean Referendum Commission Mikhail Malyshev said on Monday morning, Interfax-Ukraine reports. 

"The number of votes cast by the referendum participants in support of the reunification with Russia totaled 1,233,002, or 96.77%," he said.

In all, 1,274,096 voters took part in the referendum, or 83.1% of their total number, he said.

These figures are the final result of the Crimean referendum held in Crimea a day earlier, Malyshev said.

"The status of Crimea as a part of Ukraine was favored by 31,997 people, or 2.51%. The number of ballots recognized as invalid was 9,097, which is 0.72%," he said.

The referendum held on Sunday asked two alternative questions: "1. Are you in favor of Crimea's reunification with Russia as a constituent region of the Russian Federation? (yes or no); "2. Are you in favor of the re-enactment of the 1992 Republic of Crimea Constitution and in favor of the status of Crimea as a part of Ukraine (yes or no)".