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BYT: International observers were physically unable to record mass irregularities in run-off vote

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Feb. 11, 2010, 7:06 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

International observers were physically unable to register mass irregularities in the second round of the presidential election in Ukraine and this is the reason why the BYT disagrees with their conclusions that the election was held democratically.

International observers were physically unable to register mass irregularities in the second round of the presidential election in Ukraine and this is the reason why the BYT disagrees with their conclusions that the election was held democratically, the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYT) has stated. "We don't understand the conclusions of international observers that the election was held fairly and democratically," the bloc's official Web site quoted Serhiy Paskhalov, the head of presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko's main campaign office in Dnipropetrovsk, as saying.

Paskhalov said that only six foreign observers had monitored the run-off presidential election at 469 polling stations in six electoral districts in Dnipropetrovsk region.
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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 10:29 p.m.    

Well its obvious that the polling stations these 6 where at where democratic,,,it is just a joke....for them to totally state this after all the sams that Yanukovych pulled last time he tried to run,,,dont they think that his backers didnt learn from there mistakes then ? while Yanukovych may be the baboon,,,some of them are not...

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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 12:47 a.m.    

So there were ONLY 6 observers-one for each region.But there were 469 voting stations.I would think that 50% would be a much better number.

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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 2:09 a.m.    

Both Tymoshenko and Yanukovych had observers and officials at every polling place. The international observers are not there not observe every vote but to review and examining the system overall.

All the Exit polls independently confirmed the published result. Sure this is a form of random sampling quality control but it would have sown up any major abnormality in the voting procedures and outcome of the election. Tymsoehnko called for International observers and not that they result has not gone her way she questions their judgment.

She is losing support by the minute at a fast rate of knots

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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 11:58 a.m.    

Again a lie, but Tim is a professional. There were around 120 international observers in the oblast of Dniepropetrovsk. 30 of them were mobile in touch with all the local pooling stations and journalists. And the result is : No protocol of violation....

How can you consider so badly these people coming from abroad by themselves, and waiting sometimes during 30 hours without sleeping to help this country to have fair and democratic elections ?

Shame on you !

I was International observer 5 times and I did 12 protocoles of violations in 2004 but no one in 2010...

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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 7:21 p.m.    

&quot;We don't understand the conclusions of international observers that the election was held fairly and democratically,&quot;.... The last time they lied in our favour. They should be lying now too. There must be a mistake. And... where is the Orange crowd? Where? Is my designer dress dirty? My Louis Vuitton bag collection out of date?

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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 8:28 p.m.    

I think the problem is that Yulia went into the election with the assumption that one of two things would happen: either she would be pronounced the winner, or Yanu would win but the Western observers would say that there was fraud and she could get to be the poor-little-princess victim and have a re-vote and win. But, much to her chagrin, Yanu won *and* the Western observers all said it was legit. So now, since the only possibilities are victory or fraud by the other side, the international observers must not have done their jobs right!

But the truth is that in a real democracy you're not guaranteed to win.

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Anonymous Feb. 12, 2010, 9:58 p.m.    

In a democratic society you don't need to have a mass irregularities of votes to claim that the elections were not held democratically. Only you need is to suspect that there was such a situation, and file a complaint in court and the rest will follow. It does not matter if it is Tymoshenko crying wolf or Yanukovich,you have rules and regulations that give you that flexibility of challenging the results in court.

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