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Yushchenko's office says may contest polls results in court

RIA Novosti


KIEV, January 18 (RIA Novosti) - The head of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko's office has said the rulings issued by the country's court ahead of Sunday's presidential elections provide candidates with an opportunity to contest the election results.

The Kiev appellate court dismissed on Sunday the decision by the Ukrainian Central Election Commission which allowed those unable to come to polling stations due to medical reasons to vote at home without providing any medical documents. The court also prohibited to introduce any changes to voters lists in the day of elections.

"Just three hours before the start of voting, two decisions which may dramatically influence the election campaign were taken," the press service of Yushchenko's Our Ukraine party quoted Vera Ulyanchenko as saying.

She said Viktor Yushchenko pointed out many times that the rulings "would provide any candidate with an opportunity to contest the election results in courts."

The country's prime minister and a presidential candidate, Yulia Tymoshenko, earlier hit out at the "voting-at-home" scheme which she said could be used as an instrument for fraud.

First official results of Sunday's elections gave opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych 40.74% of the vote, Tymoshenko 23.99% and ex-National Bank head Serhiy Tyhypko 10,84%, with more than 6% of the ballots counted.

Yushchenko has gained 4.25% of the vote, the report said.

According to the National Exit Poll-2010, Yanukovych is leading with 31.3% of the vote in the first round of the elections.

The exit poll showed Tymoshenko following Yanukovych with 27.1% of the vote and Tyhypko trailing with 13.4%. According to the report, Yushchenko has garnered 5% of the vote.

As none of the candidates is gaining 50% plus one vote needed to win the elections in the first round, a runoff is likely on February 7.