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OUR UKRAINE DISCOVERS MORE DIRTY CAMPAIGN LEAFLETS. The Our Ukraine parliamentary caucus on 6 October called on the Interior Ministry to investigate and report on the finding of "millions" of leaflets and posters directed against Our Ukraine leader and presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, Ukrainian news agencies reported. The previous day, a group of Our Ukraine deputies revealed "tens of millions" of anti-Yushchenko leaflets in the Ekspotsentr Ukrayiny storehouse in Kyiv, the "Ukrayinska pravda" website reported, quoting Our Ukraine lawmaker Mykhaylo Kosiv. Eight Our Ukraine deputies remained in the storehouse all night to keep an eye on the stock of dirty campaign materials. Police sealed up the storehouse on 6 October, UNIAN reported. Large stocks of anti-Yushchenko leaflets were also discovered a few days earlier (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 5 October 2004). JM
POLLSTERS PREDICT UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WILL BE CLOSE. According to a poll conducted by the Kyiv International Sociology Institute and Socis from 17-27 September among 11,000 Ukrainians, presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko would be supported by 31.5 percent of voters in the first round and 38.2 percent in the runoff, while his main rival, Prime Minister Yanukovych, would be backed by 30.6 percent and 37.5 percent of voters, respectively, Interfax reported on 5 October. SOCIS commented that the difference in the registered popularity ratings of both candidates is statistically insignificant. According to the poll, 69 percent of respondents firmly declared that they would take part in the 31 October presidential ballot. JM