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These are the hottest, dirtiest single-mandate races

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Election commission officials recalculate ballots at a district of election commission in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.
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Katya Gorchinskaya

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Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Svitlana Tuchynska

Yuriy Onyshkiv

As widely anticipated, the fight for half the legislature’s 450 seats was the fiercest and dirtiest in single-mandate constituencies. Because of their local nature, international and local observers saw these races as being highly susceptible to widespread abuse of government resources in favor of pro-presidential candidates, intimidation of candidates, journalists and observers, voter bribing and tampering with vote tabulations.

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