Another rigged election, this time in Ukraine. At this moment, 150,000 to 200,000 people are on the streets in Kiev protesting the fraud.
Ukraine election rigged by Govt: top US observer
17:45, 22/11/2004, AFP
Senator Richard Lugar, the senior US observer of the Ukrainian presidential elections says that the incumbent Government helped rig the vote in favour of the pro-Moscow Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovich. "It is now apparent that a concerted and forceful program of election-day fraud and abuse was enacted with either the leadership or cooperation of governmental authorities," Mr Lugar, the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters.
"I believe that President (Leonid) Kuchma has the responsibility and the opportunity for producing, even at this point, an outcome which is fair and responsible."
With votes counted from 99.14 per cent of polling stations, Mr Yanukovich, had secured 49.42 per cent of the vote, compared with the 46.69 per cent of Western-leaning Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko.
Mr Yushchenko has protested the results, which have also been condemned as undemocratic by observers from the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe.