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Democratic relay race
21:08, 26/12/2004, "Glavred"
First returns can be announced around 11:00 pm
Today at a press conference, answering to a question how the Ukrainian-Belarusian relations would develop after Viktor Yushchenko’s victory, Yuliya Tymoshenko told: “We would like to export a little orange revolution there. People are never to blame for what the rulers are doing. We had wonderful Georgian-Ukrainian relations, and now the democratic Ukrainian-Belarusian relations are to take the baton”.
Some facts of pressure on voters and observers
The first preliminary official returns expected to be announced around 11:00 pm (21:00 GMT), told the Head of the Central Election Commission Yaroslav Davydovych at the briefing on Sunday. As said by him, at the same time the Central Election Committee is to announce the preliminary figures of the turnout.
Internet-providers for free and fair elections
In several polling stations of the district number 41 Viktor Yushchenko’s representatives were not present at all, or not adequate number of them was present, the “Ukrainskaya Pravda” update with reference to the Ukrainian Voters’ Committee. Today the information arrived also about he incident in the apartment of one of the representatives of this organization. On the night December 25/26 somebody set on fire the door of the house of the UVC coordinator Ihor Stepanchenko. After the fire was extinguished, a phone call was received, and an unknown voice started to make threats and told: “Put that nonsense out of your head! Yanukovych is our president”.
More than a half of Ukrainians have voted
To provide an uninterrupted and the most full information distribution to the people of Ukraine six internet-providers from different parts of the country have offered a free access to independent news sources during the repeat vote in the presidential runoff. Among those who have supported this action are companies “Silvercom”, “Vseukrainskaya Internet Karta”, “Visor”, MIROTEL”, “Faust”. In general 18 leading Ukrainian internet sources and some Russian information sources are in free access, the “Novaya Gazeta” informs.
(updated)Ukraine Repeats Presidential Elections
According to the latest information of the CEC, 54.92% of voters have cast their vote in the country. This figure was received at 3 p.m. from 190 territorial districts. The total number of districts is 225. At the web-site of Central Election Commission informs, the most active are the voters in Crimea (53.3%), Volyn region (62%), Donetsk (60.67%), Luhansk (61.65%), Ternopil’ region (60.63%), and the city of Sevastopol (60.58%). In Kyiv 53.97% of voters have come to the polling stations, 57.6% in Chernihiv region, 51.54% in Chernivtsi region, 55.9% in Cherkasy region, 58.83% in Khmel`nyts`kyy region, 51.8% in Kherson region, 51.74% in Kharkiv region, 55.67% in Sumy region, 60.56% in Rivne region, 53.09% in Poltava region, 45.13% in Odessa region, 52.25% in Mykolayiv region, 54.79% in Lviv region, 50.02% in Kirovohrad region, 56.59% in Kyiv region, 55.58% in Ivano-Frankivsk region, 53.32% in Zaporizhzhya region, 46.53% in Zakarpattya region, 52.77% in Zhytomyr region, 51.29% in Dnipropetrovsk region and 58.57% in Vinnytsya region.
17:11, 26/12/2004, By NATASHA LISOVA, The Guardian
More than a half of Ukrainians Have Voted
Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Rival candidates Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych faced off for the third time in eight weeks on Sunday as Ukrainian voters try to resolve their divided nation`s fiercely waged presidential contest and choose their next leader.
Three exit polls to track Ukrainian presidential vote
According to the latest information of the CEC, 54.21% of voters have cast their vote in the country. This figure was received at 3 p.m. from 71 territorial districts. As informed by the CEC press-service, most active are residents of Crimea (54.2%), Volyn` region (58.2%), Donesk region (59.32%), Luhansk region (61.18%), Ternopil region (60.62%) and Sevastopol (64.69%).
16:46, 26/12/2004, Kyiv Post
Liberal Poised to Win in Re-Run Ukraine Vote
KYIV (AP) - Three separate exit polls are being conducted to track the Dec. 26 presidential election, a rerun of the fraudulent Nov. 21 second round. The results are expected to be released immediately after polls close at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT).
16:44, 26/12/2004, By Yuri Kulikov, Reuters
U.S. hopes for fair ukraine election
KIEV (Reuters) - West-leaning challenger Viktor Yushchenko predicted victory in the re-run of Ukraine`s rigged presidential election on Sunday after a campaign that pitched the country into weeks of turmoil.
16:40, 26/12/2004, AP, Washington, D.C., Saturday December 25, 2004
Zubr Activist Detained For Hanging Up an Orange Flag
The Bush administration expects a cleaner election on Sunday in Ukraine and while it professes to be above the contest for president, it is hoping for a pro-Western outcome. That would mean a victory for Viktor Yushchenko and his Orange Revolution, which is pledged to fight corruption and orient Ukraine toward the West. His opponent in the run-off, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, has had the support of Russia, with President Vladimir Putin campaigning for him.
CEC Promises to Announce Preliminary Results Before 9 a.m. December 27
An activist of the Zubr movement Alyaksandr Kazakou was detained by police in the town of Barysau for displaying an orange flag as a sign of solidarity with Ukrainian people. Alyaksandr was detained in the moment when he was trying to hang up an orange flag on the bridge across the Gagarin Street. People in plainclothes ran to him and put him in a jeep. One of them struck the guy in the face by a hilt of a pistol. The “Zubr” was taken to the Barysau town police department. In an hour he was released, the press-service of the movement informed.
Victor Yushchenko has made his choice
The Central Election Commission is set to state formally the preliminary results of the vote in the presidential elections in Ukraine between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on December 27, UA TOADY informs.
Mykola Katerynchuk: this time, the rate of election fraud to decrease
Sunday morning Victor Yushchenko with family voted at the polling station located in Maidan Nezalezhnosti in the center of Kyiv. An unprecedented number of Ukrainian and foreign mass media – over 400 – came to witness the event.
First violations at the elections
The main way of election fraud by authorities is organizing massive voting at places, it mostlyt concerns such oblasts as Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv and Odesa, as has reported the people’s deputy and Victor Yushchenko’s representative in the all-national constituency Mykola Katerynchuk during the press conference at the electoral Press Center.
More than 600 000 of voters want to vote at home
From the offices of both candidates and official observers started to provide information on the violations on re-voting of the second round of President’s elactions on December 26th.
Ukrainian Nation Elects President
According to the Head of Central Election Commission Yaroslav Davydovych, 609 558 of voters made requests to the district commissions for voting at home.
On Sunday, December 26 a voting for a new president in the repeat ballot takes place. The voters are to choose between Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych the head of state for the next five years. The polling stations have opened at 8 a.m. They will be open till 8 p.m. Ukrainian citizens also can vote abroad, more than one hundred polling stations have been set there. By 11 a.m. in 118 out of 225 territorial election districts of Ukraine 19.79% of voters have cast their vote, the Ukrainian News inform. The Central Election Commission has declared it in its official statement.