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Ukraine's Supreme Court is expected to start examining the complaint presidential contender Viktor Yanukovich
Ukraine's Supreme Court is expected to start examining the complaint presidential contender Viktor Yanukovich filed against the Central Election Commission (CEC) that declared his rival, Viktor Yushchenko, the winner. The court's press service reported the meeting would start at 11 local time (12 Moscow time) today. Mr Yanukovich's campaign staff filed the complaint on Friday, as well as 621 volumes and 233 videocassettes containing the evidence of violations committed in the presidential elections in Ukraine on December 26. The court, however, refused to accept the cassettes. The Supreme Court stroke three demands off the complaint filed by Mr Yanukovich's team, which had been considered by the CEC already and the court had issued a ruling on earlier. This refers to the candidate's demand to find the commission's reluctance to give an assessment to mass violations of the election law and citizens' rights during the campaign unlawful, the CEC press service reported yesterday. Besides, the court stroke off the candidate's demand to express judicially that numerous violations of the election law and the revote do not allow to get trustworthy election results. The court also declined to consider the demand to look into the numerous violations of the voting rights of the individuals who could not attend the polling stations due to their physical defects or health reasons. The presidential campaign was launched in May 2004 and the elections were held three times - on October 31, November 21 and December 26. The CEC named Mr Yanukovich the winner of the second round of the elections. Mr Yushchenko's team filed a complaint with the Supreme Court that ruled on December 3, 2004 that the elections result was not unbiased due to numerous violations and ordered a rerun on December 26. In the third round of elections Mr Yushchenko was supported by 51.99% of voters, while Mr Yanukovich received the support of 44.2% of individuals.
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