Preliminary results of the first round of Ukraine's presidential election at the Central Electoral Commission headquarters in Kiev. Image Credit: AFP

Kiev: Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky took a strong lead Monday with over half the votes counted in the first round of the Ukraine presidential election.

The election commission website gave Zelensky 30.2 per cent with President Petro Poroshenko trailing on 16.7 percent ahead of an expected second round run-off on April 21.