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Ukraine Court Changes Election Law on Eve of Presidential Run-Off - 2004-12-25


Ukraine's Constitutional Court has repealed a new opposition-backed election law just one day before the country holds a repeat presidential run-off.

The court ruled today (Saturday) a law restricting disabled people from voting at their homes is unconstitutional and must be immediately annulled.

The decision comes one day before voters cast ballots in a repeat of the November 21st election, which the Supreme Court declared invalid due to massive fraud.

After that vote, opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko and his supporters pushed parliament to change Ukraine's election laws, saying the changes were necessary to prevent a repeat of widespread fraud.

Supporters of Moscow-backed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who had his victory invalidated, argued that restrictions against the disabled would deprive many Ukrainians from voting Sunday.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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