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Party of Regions accuses Tymoshenko of lies over amendments to presidential election law

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News / 4 February 2010 | 17:54

Party of Regions accuses Tymoshenko of lies over amendments to presidential election law

The oppositional Party of Regions, whose leader Viktor Yanukovych meets with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in February 7 run-off, has made a statement calling as “blatant lie” Tymoshenko’s assessment of Wednesday’s amendments to the Presidential Election Law, National radio reported.

The Party of Regions says that the amendments fill the gaps in election legislation.  Removal of the norm that the work of district and precinct election commissions is possible only with a quorum of two thirds of the composition, including during opening of polling stations and the tally, guarantees that “people will be able to vote, and electoral commissions will be able to set the voting results.” “

This amendment takes force if any of the parties calls back its representatives thus violating the obligatory quorum of a district or precinct election commission,” the Party of Regions’ statement reads.

The supporters of Yanukovych once again accused Tymoshenko of plans to “frustrate the elections,” the wish to “delude the Ukrainians and the international community,” and of staging “false exit polls” at the first round.

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Yushchenko opened doors to falsifications? Scandal law is signed.

Posted by the Editor on February 4, 2010


News / 4 February 2010 | 16:32

Yushchenko opened doors to falsifications? Scandal law is signed.

Yushchenko opened doors to falsifications? Scandal law is signed.

President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko has signed the ammendments to the law on elections, presidential press office told ForUm.

As reported, on February 3, parliament adopted in whole the draft law “On amending the Law of Ukraine ‘On elections of the President of Ukraine’”, which was submitted by the Party of Regions. Two hundred thirty three members of parliament voted for it.

Yulia Tymoshenko gave a public statement in which she stressed: “I want the entire world to know who and on what grounds are they ruining the sprouting shoots of democracy in Ukraine. I want the entire world to know that fair elections in Ukraine have come to an end. And I want the entire world likewise, as all civil society organizations, all democratic people of our country, to give their personal assessment.”

“I will fight for the law to remain in the edition it was earlier and for elections in the country to take place,” added Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Tymoshenko ready to take people out in the streets

Posted by the Editor on February 4, 2010


News / 4 February 2010 | 15:05

Tymoshenko ready to take people out in the streets

Tymoshenko ready to take people out in the streets

Prime Minister and presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko doesn’t rule out that Ukrainians will come out to the streets to defend their rights and honest elections.

“The changes to the presidential election law adopted by the Party of Regions threaten democracy and honest elections in Ukraine by making fraud possible. The President’s signature on this law will be a fatal blow to democracy and honest elections in Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko said today at a press conference in Kyiv.

Yulia Tymoshenko is confident that the people will be ready to defend their right to elect a president and noted that she will do everything she can to ensure that the elections are honest and transparent.

“I, as a presidential candidate, won’t allow them to return the country to those sad times, when administrative resources, big money and fraud decided elections. If Yanukovych wants an honest fight, we’re ready to compete. If he wants fraud, then we’re ready to give him resistance he’s never seen before, even in 2004,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

She appealed to the President not to sign the changes to the election law and to the global community to assess the new version of the presidential election law.

“And if we can’t protect honest elections in a technical and organized way, we will rally the people. These is no doubt of this,” she added.

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Tymoshenko rules out possibility of working with Viktor Yanukovych

Posted by the Editor on February 4, 2010


News / 4 February 2010 | 12:41

Tymoshenko rules out possibility of working with Viktor Yanukovych

Yulia Tymoshenko has ruled out the possibility of working with Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych after the presidential elections.

“For me Yanukovych isn’t a leader, presidential candidate, or politician. He’s a protege of the Ukrainian oligarchy, a puppet which they want to use to steal all the country’s strategic facilities,” Yulia Tymoshenko said in an evening broadcast on channel 1+1 on Wednesday.

“History knows no such examples,” she said, commenting on information about her alleged attempts to cooperate with Viktor Yanukovych.

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Ukraine parliament adopts amendments to presidential election law, Tymoshenko asks for veto

Posted by the Editor on February 4, 2010


News / 4 February 2010 | 10:55

Ukraine parliament adopts amendments to presidential election law, Tymoshenko asks for veto

Ukraine parliament adopts amendments to presidential election law, Tymoshenko asks for veto

Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, adopted on Wednesday amendments to the law on presidential elections, canceling the two-thirds quorum required for electoral commissions’ decisions to be legal.

Electoral commissions are formed on a parity basis between the opposition Party of Regions led by Viktor Yanukovych and the bloc of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Previously, electoral commission sessions were ruled legal only if two-thirds of their members were present.

The Party of Regions was pushing for the quorum to be canceled, saying Tymoshenko’s bloc could frustrate the second round by requesting its representatives not to attend electoral commission sessions.

But Tymoshenko’s bloc said the cancelation could result in ballot falsifications as the presence of representatives of only one political force would be allowed.

President Viktor Yushchenko is yet to sign the amendments approved by 233 MPs of the 226 needed.

Presidential representative in parliament Ihor Popov told journalists he did not know yet whether the president will sign the amendments as they “have pluses and minuses.” He said the president is likely to decide on the issue Thursday.

Even if Yushchenko signs the amendments, they will not come into force until published in government newspapers, which could fail to happen in the period remaining until February 7.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko called on President Viktor Yushchenko on Wednesday to veto amendments to the presidential election law. 

“I address the Ukrainian president… If he feels he is responsible for democracy to continue developing in our state, this law [on amendments] should be vetoed,” Tymoshenko said in a statement posted on her website.

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