International observers say parliamentary elections in Ukraine have been marred by corruption and abuses of power.
With half the votes counted, President Viktor Yanukovich's governing party says it has secured a majority, the BBC reports.
Former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko remains in prison where she is serving a seven year sentence for abuse of power. Mrs Tymoshenko is now on a hunger strike.
Officials said the election had passed off smoothly, with a turnout of some 45% - about average for Ukraine.
With nearly two-thirds of votes counted, the AFP reported Mr Yanukovych's Party of the Regions had 34.2% of party list votes, compared with 22.5% for Mrs Tymoshenko's party.
Early results indicated the Communists were in third place with about 15%.
The Party of the Regions is also predicted to take 114 of 225 single-mandate seats, which would secure a majority in the 450-seat assembly.