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International observers have arrived in Ukraine ahead of parliamentary elections on Sunday. More than 3,700 monitors are in the country.

The vote takes place amid concerns about the state of democracy in the former Soviet republic.

President Viktor Yanukovych has promised the ballot will be credible, despite accusations from the opposition of election violations.

This is the first election that former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will not take part in. She is serving seven years in jail for abuse of power, which her supporters say are trumped up charges.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko told reporters that while the country welcomed input and constructive criticism from foreign observers, officials were concerned that some have prejudged the outcome before the vote has taken place.

One hundred million euros has been spent on video surveillance equipment to monitor all 32,000 polling stations. Voters can view the images in real time online.

Polls suggest Yanukovich’s Party of Regions
is in the lead but many pundits say the vote is too close to call.

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