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Ukraine: Watch Poroshenko cast his vote for "powerful, pro European coalition"01:02

Ukraine: Watch Poroshenko cast his vote for "powerful, pro European coalition"

Ukraine, Kiev
October 26, 2014 at 01:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko cast his in Kiev as polls for Ukraine's parliamentary elections opened, Sunday. Speaking at the voting station, Poroshenko expressed confidence he will be able to form "a powerful, pro-European and pro-Ukranian democratic coalition."

Polling stations opened at 8:00 local time, with voters set to choose half of the seats in Ukraine's 450-seat 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.

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 Ukrainian People's Front.

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. The self-proclaimed leaders of Lugansk and Donetsk plan to hold their own parliamentary elections on November 2.

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Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko cast his in Kiev as polls for Ukraine's parliamentary elections opened, Sunday. Speaking at the voting station, Poroshenko expressed confidence he will be able to form "a powerful, pro-European and pro-Ukranian democratic coalition."

Polling stations opened at 8:00 local time, with voters set to choose half of the seats in Ukraine's 450-seat 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.

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 Ukrainian People's Front.

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. The self-proclaimed leaders of Lugansk and Donetsk plan to hold their own parliamentary elections on November 2.