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Ukraine: An Election Day In The Life

Voters across Ukraine went to the polls to choose a new national parliament in elections on October 28. There are some 36 million-plus registered voters in the country, with nearly 34,000 polling stations. Here are scenes from some of them.

A member of a local election commission carries a ballot box in the village of Vilshanska-Novoselytsa, some 75 kilometers south of Kyiv. (REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin)
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A member of a local election commission carries a ballot box in the village of Vilshanska-Novoselytsa, some 75 kilometers south of Kyiv. (REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin)

A boy peers around the curtain of a voting booth at a polling station in the capital, Kyiv. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)
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A boy peers around the curtain of a voting booth at a polling station in the capital, Kyiv. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Election workers watch as voters take to the polls in the capital.
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Election workers watch as voters take to the polls in the capital.

President Viktor Yanukovych, whose ruling Party of Regions led polls ahead of the October 28 vote, casts his vote at a polling station in Kyiv.
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President Viktor Yanukovych, whose ruling Party of Regions led polls ahead of the October 28 vote, casts his vote at a polling station in Kyiv.

Udar party leader Vitali Klitschko, who is still a reigning world heavyweight champion, votes at a Kyiv polling station.
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Udar party leader Vitali Klitschko, who is still a reigning world heavyweight champion, votes at a Kyiv polling station.

Webcams were installed -- by whatever means necessary -- at polling stations all over the country in an effort to combat voter fraud.
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Webcams were installed -- by whatever means necessary -- at polling stations all over the country in an effort to combat voter fraud.

The resulting video was streamed to local websites, where anyone could observe events at the polling station of their choice.
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The resulting video was streamed to local websites, where anyone could observe events at the polling station of their choice.

A patient at the hospital in Lugansk, where imprisoned political opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is being treated, was wheeled in on a gurney to vote.
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A patient at the hospital in Lugansk, where imprisoned political opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is being treated, was wheeled in on a gurney to vote.

Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter, Yevhenia, who has campaigned at home and internationally for her mother to be freed, visited a polling station in Dnipropetrovsk. (REUTERS/Sergei Isaev)
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Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter, Yevhenia, who has campaigned at home and internationally for her mother to be freed, visited a polling station in Dnipropetrovsk. (REUTERS/Sergei Isaev)

Female inmates cast their votes at the prison in Kharkiv where jailed former Prime Minister Tymoshenko was being held before her health required hospitalization. (REUTERS/Dmitry Neymyrok)
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Female inmates cast their votes at the prison in Kharkiv where jailed former Prime Minister Tymoshenko was being held before her health required hospitalization. (REUTERS/Dmitry Neymyrok)

Prisoners march to an internal polling station at a prison in the eastern Ukrainian industrial city of Makeyevka.
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Prisoners march to an internal polling station at a prison in the eastern Ukrainian industrial city of Makeyevka.

Ukrainian sailors leave the voting booth as they prepare to cast ballots at a polling station in Sevastopol, on the Black Sea. (AFP PHOTO / VASILY BATANOV)
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Ukrainian sailors leave the voting booth as they prepare to cast ballots at a polling station in Sevastopol, on the Black Sea. (AFP PHOTO / VASILY BATANOV)

A cat naps as voters review their choices at a polling station in Luhansk.
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A cat naps as voters review their choices at a polling station in Luhansk.

Former international soccer great Andriy Shevchenko, now a member of the pro-business Ukraine Forward! party, is seen on the monitor of a video camera while talking to the media on election day. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko)
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Former international soccer great Andriy Shevchenko, now a member of the pro-business Ukraine Forward! party, is seen on the monitor of a video camera while talking to the media on election day. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko)

Voters mark their ballots in polling booths in Cherkassy.
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Voters mark their ballots in polling booths in Cherkassy.

Returned ballots are compiled for tallying in Simferopol, Crimea.
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Returned ballots are compiled for tallying in Simferopol, Crimea.

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