KIEV, November 1 (Itar-Tass) — The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of Ukraine has processed 99.35 percent of the protocols of elections to the Verkhovna Rada. The Party of Regions polled 30.07 percent of the vote. It is followed up by the Batkivshchina opposition association with 25.47 percent of the vote.The Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms ("UDAR") is third with 13.93 percent. The Communist Party is fourth with 13.2 percent, and the Svoboda (freedom) nationalist political association is fifth with 10.42 percent of the vote.
The alignment of forces in parliament is unlikely to change folfowing the counting of the rest of ballot-papers. The Party of Regions has elected 187 deputies to parliament -- 73 on party lists and 114 in single-seat electoral districts, the United opposition has 103 deputies (61 and 42, respectively), "UDAR" -- 40 deputies (34 and 6), Svoboda --37 (25 and 12), and the Communist Party has 32 deputies elected on the party list. Self-nominees get 44 seats.
The CEC has announced a break in the counting of protocols until 13:00, Moscow time.