Members of a local electoral commission prepare a pool station in Kiev on January 16, 2010, prior to the presidential election due to be held on January 17. Pro-Russia politician Viktor Yanukovich was on course Saturday to sweep the first round of Ukraine’s presidential polls, five years after vote-rigging by his supporters sparked the Orange Revolution. The Orange Revolution protests of late 2004 swept Ukraine’s old order from power and created hopes of a new era of prosperity and European integration for the country of 46 million people bridging the EU and Russia. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV