Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko votes in first parliamentary polls since overthrow of Yanukovich. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: War-weary Ukrainians voted on Sunday (October 26) in an election that is likely to install a pro-Western parliament and strengthen President Petro Poroshenko's mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but could fuel tension with Russia. Earlier in the day Poroshenko, a 49-year-old billionaire confectionery tycoon, went to a town in the Donetsk region held by the army to show support for the troops after a relatively calm night in the east under a shaky ceasefire in force since Sept. 5. A loose political grouping that backs Poroshenko is expected to become the leading force in the 450-seat assembly, giving him a mandate to pursue his peace plan for the east and carry out deep reforms sought by Ukraine's European Union partners. Poroshenko's forces may not win an outright majority on voting on party lists and individual constituencies, but he should be able to form a coalition with partners such as Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's People's Front as most big parties are pro-European, anti-Russian and favour a united Ukraine. There was no voting in areas held by pro-Russian rebels who will underline their autonomy with a separate election on Nov. 2.