The Central Election Commission(TsVK) on March 30 finished counting the votes cast in the March 26 parliamentary elections. The Party of Regions won 32.12 percent of the vote (186 seats), the Yuliya Tymoshenko Bloc 22.27 percent (129 seats), Our Ukraine 13.94 percent (81 seats), the Socialist Party 5.67 percent (33 seats), and the Communist Party 3.66 percent (21 seats). Election turnout was 67.7 percent.
Several Ukrainian parties have demanded a vote recount. Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on 4 April rejected demands for a complete recount of votes in the March 26 parliamentary elections. The measure was supported by a number of smaller parties that failed to secure seats in parliament. It received 198 votes in favor, falling below the 226 votes it needed to pass.
According the OSCE preliminary report the 26 March parliamentary elections in Ukraine further consolidated the breakthrough in the conduct of a democratic election process that began less than a year and a half ago.
Viktor Yushchenko said on 1 April that democratic forces should sign a memorandum on a governing coalition before starting to discuss the division of government portfolios. "I want all forces that defended democracy in Kyiv's Maydan to form a coalition," Yushchenko said. "I hope the political forces that will form this future alliance will be wise enough not to associate themselves with certain colors but work toward consolidating the country."
Yuliya Tymoshenko, head of the eponymous political bloc that came in second in the March 26 parliamentary vote, said on 3 April that she is determined to fight for the post of prime minister in the new Ukrainian cabinet. She added that she will switch to the opposition if the pro-presidential Our Ukraine agree on a coalition with the Party of Regions. President Viktor Yushchenko dismissed Tymoshenko from the post of prime minister in September 2005.
Source RFE/RL NEWSLINE Part II, 3 and 4 April 2006 (www.rferl.org)