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KIEV, December 17, (ITAR-TASS). A candidate nominated by Ukraine’s political opposition won Sunday’s runoff elections for the Verkhovna Rada, the national parliament, in the central Cherkassy region, the Central Electoral Commission said upon the completion of telling of 100% votes.
The candidate, Leonid Datsenko got 63.22% votes, outdoing the nearest competitor by 40%. He is a reporter and was nominated by the Batkivshchina party of the former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, who is currently serving a jail term for past occupational abuses.
Datsenko is the only oppositionist candidate to win in the runoff election. The Central Electoral Commission said earlier that elections in four other precincts had been won by independent candidates - Nikolai Kruglov (47.78%) in the southern Nikolayev region, Mikhail Poplavsky (53.54%) in another precinct in the Cherkassy region, Ruslan Badayev (58.25%) in the Kiev region, and Viktor Pilipishin (44.89%) in the capital Kiev.
The opposition that is drawing on amassed support from the EU and the U.S. rushed to claim that large-scale forging had taken place, and demanded a recounting of votes in all the five precincts.
In the meantime, international observers delegated by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said in their conclusions that the runoff election had been well-organized and had not been marred by incidents.
Ukrainian electoral officials said a total of 48.39% registered voters had come to the polls in the five precincts.