Ukrainian Election Underway

The third match up between opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych is underway. There are a couple items of note going into the vote:

KIEV (AP) – Ukraine’s highest court yesterday threw out some of the election-law changes aimed at battling fraud, handing a possible setback for opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko on the eve of the hotly contested presidential vote.

Yesterday’s court decision brought a new twist in the final hours before polls open. The court ruled that amendments allowing people with only certain disabilities to vote at home were unconstitutional, and it ordered that all who were unable to reach polling stations because of a disability or ill health be allowed to vote at home.

The ruling could benefit Mr. Yanukovych, who pushed for the restrictions to be lifted, saying they would deprive millions of their right to vote.Yushchenko supporters claim that Yanukovych’s supporters are planning to use violence to disrupt the polls and forestall a Yanukovych defeat.

Over 12,000 international observers are in place to monitor the election, more than twice the number present during the November election.

Results are expected Sunday evening.

Update: All Exit Polls Give Yushchenko Major Lead. Of course, as we remember from November, it’s the votes that count not the polls…

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