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OSCE representatives have positive impression of October 31 local elections in Ukraine

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News / 1 November 2010 | 17:57

OSCE representatives have positive impression of October 31 local elections in Ukraine

OSCE representatives have positive impression of October 31 local elections in Ukraine

Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office on Election related Issues, Marat Sarsembayev has a positive impression of the October 31 local elections in Ukraine. He stated this at a press conference in Kyiv, UKRINFORM reported.

He noted that the parties were represented at electoral commissions in a good proportion: “I did not see the factors that could work in favor of the ruling party.”

Sarsembayev also said that standards were met by the number of voters attached to one polling station.

The OSCE observers just had minor comments on the voting process and the method of sealing ballot boxes.

Earlier, observers from the European Parliament noted that the day of elections in Ukraine was calm, but expressed the need to improve electoral legislation.

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Tymoshenko: Yanukovych is destroying the last remaining achievement of the revolution – fair elections

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News / 1 November 2010 | 16:31

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych is destroying the last remaining achievement of the revolution - fair elections

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych is destroying the last remaining achievement of the revolution – fair elections

Viktor Yanukovych and his cohorts are destroying democracy in Ukraine, and the main evidence is the election campaign for local councils and mayors, says Yulia Tymoshenko, according to her official website.

“The government has an absolute majority in the Central Election Commission and the election commissions in certain districts. They also passed a law by which decisions can be passed if only three of the 18 commission members are present. We already have experience with such three-member committees called ‘troikas’: in the Stalin era, troikas made quick decisions about the execution, imprisonment or deportation of political dissidents. According to the law, these threesomes have the right to expel election observers from the polling stations. This didn’t happen even under President Kuchma. Today, Kuchma the dictator looks like a dove of peace next to Yanukovych the ‘democrat’,” Yulia Tymoshenko said in an interview with Spiegel Online.

Yulia Tymoshenko said that society is aware of the ruling government’s machinations. “59% of the population believes the elections will be rigged. Today the last remaining achievement of the revolution is being destroyed – fair elections.”

She also stressed that the authorities are implementing a “special ideological propaganda campaign” against her and the Batkivshchyna party.

“My opponents dream of the end of the ‘Tymoshenko era’, for public support for me and my political party to simply disappear. But this is only a dream that will never become reality. In the presidential election in February we got almost as many votes as Yanukovych.”

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Ukraine may apply to court, if campaign to discredit country will continue

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News / 1 November 2010 | 14:46

Ukraine may apply to court, if campaign to discredit country will continue

Ukraine may apply to court, if campaign to discredit country will continue

Ukraine may apply to the court, if the campaign to discredit the country will continue, involving allegations of bribery UEFA officials to get the right to host UEFA EURO 2012 with Poland, Deputy Prime Minister Borys Kolesnikov told the press.

“I am sure that Ukraine did not bribe anyone. Our bid was won fairly, especially that the UEFA boss since his election had a public position – a great football should move to the east of Europe. So here we have, as they say, “false alarm”,” Borys Kolesnikov stressed, commenting on the allegations made by the Cypriot football manager Spyros Marangos that Poland and Ukraine had allegedly bribed UEFA.

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Ukrainian opposition to challenge local election results

Posted by the Editor on November 1, 2010


News / 1 November 2010 | 12:51

Ukrainian opposition to challenge local election results

Ukrainian opposition to challenge local election results

The Ukrainian People’s Party led by Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn will go to court over alleged violations in recent local elections, a party functionary said on Monday.

Some of the party candidates “were arbitrarily struck off the ballot without warning” in Sunday’s elections, Oleh Zarubinskiy, deputy chairman of the party, said, RIA Novosti reported.

The results of the elections are to be officially announced on November 6.

The opposition Batkivshchyna party said there were massive violations at 32,000 polling stations across the country and is demanding the rerun of local elections in the Kiev and Lvov regions, the Ukrainian top opposition lawmaker said on Monday.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions was victorious in the polls, gaining 36.2 percent of the vote, according to exit polls. The opposition Batkyvshchina (Fatherland) party led by ex-premier and Yanukovych’s bitter rival Yulia Tymoshenko came second with 13.1 percent.

The opposition claimed mass violations during the elections, saying that from 20 to 30 percent of polling stations across Ukraine had not opened on time.

“We are registering today a request to declare the results of the elections to the Kiev and Lvov regional councils, as well as to the Ternopol City Council, invalid,” Andrei Kozhemyakin, who heads the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc-Batkyvshchina faction, said during a meeting with leaders of other factions.

He added that the results of the polls had been “totally distorted as a result of falsifications.”

Observers recorded minor infringements but said the elections were generally transparent and conformed to democratic standards. The Ukrainian authorities and the Commonwealth of Independent States’ Inter-Parliamentary Assembly said the elections took place without major violations. 

Kozhemyakin also said his faction, which holds 121 seats in the 450-strong parliament, planned to push for the creation of a temporary committee to investigate the violations.

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European observers record no significant election irregularities in Ukraine

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News / 1 November 2010 | 11:05

European observers record no significant election irregularities in Ukraine

European observers record no significant election irregularities in Ukraine

The local elections in Ukraine have been held without significant violations.

MEP Pawel Kowal, who led the team of official observers from the European Parliament in the local elections in Ukraine, announced this in an interview with the Polish Press Agency (Polish: Polska Agencja Prasowa, PAP), UKRINFORM reported.

“I haven’t seen any violations. But I know from the observers that there have been a significant number, I stress, of minor violations. They will probably not influence the election process,” Kowal said.

At the same time, the MEP said that changes in Ukraine’s electoral legislation had caused the greatest concern of the international community. “I think that criticism by the observers will focus on the period preceding the elections, rather than directly the vote,” Kowal said.

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