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


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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