ELECTIONS 2010 IN UKRAINE: ARE THERE GROUNDS TO TALK ABOUT FRAUD? (Vybory 2010 v Ukraini: chy ye pidstavy hovoryty pro falsyfikatsii?)
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The paper applies several indicators of fraud to the official precinct level returns of Ukraine's 2010 presidential contest - indicators developed and used previously to assess elections in Russia, Ukraine, Taiwan, Mexico and Venezuela - and compares the authors' findings to the third round of Ukraine's 2004 presidential vote. Overall,the authors conclude that Viktor Yanukovych won a free and fair contest over Yulia Tymoshenko. Indeed, their indicators yield even fewer suspicions in 2010 than they did in the final balloting of 2004, and thus they concur with the opinions of outside observers that neither candidate benefitted from any significant number of suspicious votes or final tallies. Surely there is no evidence to support Tymoshenko's post-election assertion that she was denied victory by upwards of a million fraudulent votes.
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