26 March 2006

Ukraine Votes

On the way into the city for the girls' ballet, this election day morning, the only unusual sight was the abundance of grey billboards where once the political ads had been. Ukrainian law demanded that political advertising be completely removed -- and it appears to have been implemented. On Khreschatyk however, instead of the orange Our Ukraine banners on the light poles, plain orange ones are hanging. What is that? Looks bogus.

Flipping through the TV coverage now. Most of the coverage is about long lines, and voters giving up and going home. Also, there were some complaints of there not being enough ballot boxes leading to overstuffing and an inability to insert ones ballot.

Just saw video footage of the orange banners on Khreshchatyk.

As of 21:00, 24,000 Ukrainian voters outside of Ukraine have voted.

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