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High voter turnout in snow, cold shows triumph of democracy

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Jan. 21, 2010, 11:07 p.m. |

Supporters of Party of Regions leader Victor Yanukovych rallied outside the Central Election Commission in Kyiv on Jan. 18 to urge a fair vote count.
© Photos by Yaroslav Debelyi, AP.

Despite sub-freezing temperatures and snow, two-thirds of Ukraine's eligible voters turned out for the first round of the nation's presidential election.


Activists from the Ukrainian feminist organization "Femen" portrayed prostitutes at a polling station. The posters read: "Don't sell your vote" and Don't be a slut."



Officials of a local election commission emptied a ballot box at a polling station in Dnipropetrovsk.




President Victor Yushchenko voted with wife Kateryna.




Candidates Arseniy Yatseniuk,



Sergiy Tigipko



and Volodymyr Lytvyn remained optimistic as they cast their ballots.
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