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Moroz hopes Socialist Party will overcome 5% parliamentary election threshold

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Aug. 7, 2012, 4:27 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

One of the leaders of the Socialist Party of Ukraine, Oleksandr Moroz
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One of the leaders of the Socialist Party of Ukraine, Oleksandr Moroz, has said that the Socialist Party hopes to overcome the 5% election threshold and bring a dozen nominees from single-member constituency to the Verkhovna Rada.

Speaking at a press briefing at the end of the Congress of the Socialist Party of Ukraine on Tuesday, Moroz said that ideally some forty to fifty candidates running in single-member constituency could get seats in the parliament.

"Because actually these are people who have been tested by life, whom locals know. But I'm not a utopian, and I understand what forces are currently acting against us. Therefore we are unlikely to be able to fulfill this task," he said.

"But I think that ten to fifteen candidates in single-seat constituencies can make it," he said.

"We expect to overcome the election threshold," Moroz said.

Asked why he was running in a single-seat constituency rather than on the party ticket, Moroz recalled that the 16th Congress of the Socialists decided that former MPs would be nominated in single-member constituencies.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 8, 2012, 3:23 a.m.    

Currently the Socialists have about the same amount of credibility as Our Ukraine under the tutealage of Viktor Yushchenko. Neither Party will even come close the the 5% minimum vote to enter the VR. Their only solution is to try their hand at individual constituencies. Even there they might have only some minor success with a few individual candidates.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 8, 2012, 6:56 p.m.    

Dream on. The facts the Soialist party of Ukraien will struggle to secure 5% let alone have any real chance of winning any single member constituencies. Ukraine has adopted the flawed first-past-the-post voting system which allows for a candidate to be elected with less than 50% support. by running. Animates in the single member constituencies The socialist party is working against its best interests. supporters of minor clarity candidates a wasting their vote and allowing other candidates to be elected with less than 50% support

Ukraine would have been better off adopting a number of smaller based multi-member constituencies with 5 or nine members elected in each constituencies by a system of proportional representation.

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