KIEV, Ukraine (TheBlaze/AP) — Two exit polls indicate that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's party will secure a narrow win in Sunday's parliamentary election, falling substantially short of an outright majority.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko casts his ballots at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Voters in Ukraine headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament, overhauling a legislature tainted by its association with ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov
The Rating Group Ukraine exit poll said the Poroshenko Bloc won 22.2 percent of the votes and that Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's Popular Front party came second at 21.8 percent.
Man covers a billboard with a poster of the current Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk on October 23, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Getty Images)
Another exit poll organized by a group of three Ukrainian research groups saw the Poroshenko Bloc with 23 percent of the vote and Popular Front in second place at 21.3 percent.
Although they lead rival parties, Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk share pro-Western postures and have campaigned on reform agendas aimed pulling Ukraine back from the brink of economic ruin.
The Ukrainian Internet Party was also present during Sunday's voting, though the candidate Darth Vader (formerly known as Viktor Shevchenko) reportedly stood little chance of winning a parliamentary seat.
Darth Vader, previously known as Viktor Shevchenko, the leader of the Ukrainian Internet Party, holds up his Ukrainian passport and a certificate of candidacy for the parliamentary election at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Voters in Ukraine headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament, overhauling a legislature tainted by its association with ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. Pollsters predict the Ukrainian Internet Party, which also includes a Stepan Chewbacca on its list, has little chance of getting into parliament in Sunday's vote. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Preliminary official results are expected Monday.