The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has scheduled the election of local council deputies, as well as the heads of villages, towns and cities, for Sunday, October 31, 2010.
A total of 247 lawmakers out of the 428 registered in the parliament's session hall voted for a respective resolution on Thursday. The decision was backed by 169 Regions Party MPs, 20 Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko MPs, nine Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc MPs, 26 Communist Party MPs, 19 Bloc of Lytvyn MPs and four individual deputies.
The parliament instructed the Central Election Commission to take measures to provide logical support for preparing for and holding the elections at the expense of the state budget. The government was ordered to take urgent measures to finance the elections using state budget funds.
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