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President Viktor Yanukovych, whose democratic credentials in the West are – to say the least – suspect, promises a clean vote to choose the new 450-seat legislature, in which his Party of Regions now has the largest share.

Yet analysts are skeptical that video surveillance – seen by many as a PR stunt rather than honest attempt at keeping the election fair – would suffice to ensure that the pre-election period and voting is actually fair.

Ahead of the August summer break, Yanukovych’s ruling majority in parliament adopted legislation to dole out about $125 million to the Central Election Commission to purchase and install webcams in all 34,000 polling stations throughout Ukraine.

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