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Ukraine: Radical Party leader Lyashko casts his vote in Kiev00:49

Ukraine: Radical Party leader Lyashko casts his vote in Kiev

Ukraine, Kiev
October 26, 2014 at 23:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Radical Party leader Oleh Valeriovich Lyashko, alongside his wife Rosiat Sayranen, cast his vote at a Kiev polling station for the Ukrainian parliamentary elections, Sunday.

Polling stations opened at 8:00 local time, with voters set to choose half of the seats in Ukraine’s 450-seat parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. The remaining 50% will be made up of candidates running in individual districts across Ukraine.

Ukraine’s next regularly scheduled parliamentary elections would have been held in 2017, but early elections were called after President Petro Poroshenko dismissed the Rada on August 25, citing “5th columnists” as the reason for its dissolve.

Ukraine has around 36,514,491 registered voters, who will choose from the 29 political parties and blocs who have presented their party lists for the early election. The main contenders are Petro Poroshenko's Bloc, followed by the Radical party, led by Oleh Lyashko. Other running parties include Yulia Tymoshenko’s All-Ukrainian Union Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), and Arseny Yatsenyuk’s Ukraine's People's Front Party.

According to the Ukrainian constitution, the Rada is Ukraine’s sole legislative authority, with MPs (people's deputies) elected by secret ballot for a five-year term, under a mixed voting system with a five percent threshold.

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Radical Party leader Oleh Valeriovich Lyashko, alongside his wife Rosiat Sayranen, cast his vote at a Kiev polling station for the Ukrainian parliamentary elections, Sunday.

Polling stations opened at 8:00 local time, with voters set to choose half of the seats in Ukraine’s 450-seat parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. The remaining 50% will be made up of candidates running in individual districts across Ukraine.

Ukraine’s next regularly scheduled parliamentary elections would have been held in 2017, but early elections were called after President Petro Poroshenko dismissed the Rada on August 25, citing “5th columnists” as the reason for its dissolve.

Ukraine has around 36,514,491 registered voters, who will choose from the 29 political parties and blocs who have presented their party lists for the early election. The main contenders are Petro Poroshenko's Bloc, followed by the Radical party, led by Oleh Lyashko. Other running parties include Yulia Tymoshenko’s All-Ukrainian Union Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), and Arseny Yatsenyuk’s Ukraine's People's Front Party.

According to the Ukrainian constitution, the Rada is Ukraine’s sole legislative authority, with MPs (people's deputies) elected by secret ballot for a five-year term, under a mixed voting system with a five percent threshold.