The Latest on Ukraine’s presidential election (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Ukrainian citizens living in Poland are lining up to vote in their country’s presidential election.

Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy, holds his ballot before voting at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy, holds his ballot before voting at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

It is the first Ukrainian election since the arrival in recent years of large numbers of Ukrainian workers and students seeking higher wages and better opportunities in the neighboring European Union country.

People lined up at the embassy in Warsaw and at three other consular points across Poland on Sunday and cast their ballots, choosing from a field of 39 candidates.

Igor Isajew, editor of a news portal for Ukrainians in Poland, PROstir.pl, said that many other Ukrainians in Poland remain unable to vote because they live too far from the polling stations.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures as he arrives at a polling station during the presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures as he arrives at a polling station during the presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

While there are no opinion polls tapping into the views of Ukrainians in Poland, Isajew sees signs that a higher percentage of Ukrainians in Poland than in Ukraine favor incumbent Petro Poroshenko due to his pro-European credentials, despite corruption allegations.

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Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a candidate for the   presidential election, center, holds her ballot for casting at a polling station during the presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a candidate for the presidential election, center, holds her ballot for casting at a polling station during the presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Voters in Ukraine are casting ballots in a presidential election after a campaign that produced a comedian with no political experience as the front-runner and allegations of voter bribery.

Opinion polls have shown Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who stars in a TV sitcom about a teacher who becomes president after a video of him denouncing corruption goes viral, leading a field of 39 candidates. The polls also had Zelenskiy outpacing incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the other top candidates, by a broad margin.

Voter Tatiana Zinchenko, 30, cast her ballot for the comedian. She says “Zelenskiy has shown us on the screen what a real president should be like.”

Baryshevsky Victor, Bishop of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, holds his ballot at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Baryshevsky Victor, Bishop of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, holds his ballot at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

If no candidate secures an absolute majority of Sunday’s vote, a runoff between the two top finishers would be held April 21.

Baryshevsky Victor, Bishop of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, holds his ballot at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Baryshevsky Victor, Bishop of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, holds his ballot at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Baryshevsky Victor, Bishop of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, casts his ballot at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Baryshevsky Victor, Bishop of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, casts his ballot at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures while speaking to the media, with his wife Maryna, right, at a polling station during the presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures while speaking to the media, with his wife Maryna, right, at a polling station during the presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
An elderly woman casts her ballot at home during the presidential election in Mariinka, near a contact line not far from Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
An elderly woman casts her ballot at home during the presidential election in Mariinka, near a contact line not far from Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
A Ukrainian government soldier exits a cabin in a tent using as a polling station during the presidential election in Mariinka, near a contact line not far from Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
A Ukrainian government soldier exits a cabin in a tent using as a polling station during the presidential election in Mariinka, near a contact line not far from Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
A woman holds her ballot before casting at a polling station during the presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A woman holds her ballot before casting at a polling station during the presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a candidate for the presidential election, center, leaves a polling station after casting during the presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a candidate for the presidential election, center, leaves a polling station after casting during the presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy, arrives at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy, arrives at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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