A motley crew of candidates is vying for the position of mayor in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, including Darth Vader and Peking Duck. Pavithra George reports.
Darth Vader thinks, this time, the force is with him. His recent presidential bid was rejected by the local electoral commission, but the dark lord is back on the campaign trail. Vader is running for Mayor of Odessa...a city with a well-known fascination for the Star War villain. The recent unveiling of a Darth Vader statue, replacing one of Lenin, hasn't hurt the mayoral candidate's campaign..although he's not without competition. Also running is this unflappable candidate called Peking Duck. But he may not get far. Elections officials have called foul, although campaign creator Aniri Kintevs says her feathers aren't ruffled. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) CREATOR OF DUCK CAMPAIGN, ANIRI KINTEVS, SAYING: "We present our campaign as a duck which is a candidate with balls because Odessa finally needs a character which will be able to do something for the city." And proving he's no sitting duck is yet another contender - Georgiy Putin - who is the only real candidate in these elections. And he's no relation to Russian leader Vladimir Putin which, in Ukraine, can only be an advantage.