Central Election Commission completes registration of parliamentary candidates

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Aug. 18, 2012, 5:54 p.m. |

CEC Deputy Head Andriy Mahera

The Central Election Commission of Ukraine has completed the registration of candidates for people's deputies, CEC Deputy Head Andriy Mahera has said.

After the CEC meeting on Monday, he said that on the whole the CEC registered 5,771 parliamentary candidates, including 2,644 on party lists and 3,127 in single-seat constituencies.

The CEC registered party tickets of 22 parties. Candidates from a total of 89 parties will participate in the elections. They will run either on party lists or in single-member constituencies.

Mahera did not rule out that candidates might appeal to courts against the CEC decision to deny them registration. According to him, this can be done within five days after the denial of registration, that is, until August 23.

The deputy head of the Central Election Commission said that only the CEC received documents from 6,214 candidates for registration. It refused to register 443 candidates, including 140 from party tickets and 303 nominees in single-member constituencies.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 19, 2012, 6:26 p.m.    

22 parties. The fact is ony five parties will surpass the 5% representation threshold. Up to 25% of Ukrainians, who support minor Parties and minor candidates, will be disenfranchised. The single member first-past-the-post voting system in particular will deny a majority of Ukrainians representation.

Ukraine should abandon the First-past-the-post voting system and adopt a preferential 'alternative' voting system.


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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 19, 2012, 6:31 p.m.    

Of note is that Our Ukraine has nominated 36 candidates for single member seats. In doing so Our UKraine is undermining the success of the opposition as is also the case with other minor party candidates. Under the First-past-the-post voting system the highest polling candidate win. Candidate can win a seat in Parliament with less than 50% of the vote and as little as 20% support.

Preferential voting system would allow supporters of minor candidates to cast an alternative vote for other candidates in order of their preference. It would ensure that who ever is elected in a single member constituencies has 50% or more support.

A preferential voting system can also apply to the party list proportional representational model providing a say and direct representation of supporters of minor parties.

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carl Aug. 19, 2012, 10:04 p.m.    

OU has every right to be in the election. The voter has a duty to study the record of candidates/parties.

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