Opora: Regions Party leads rating of violators of electoral process

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Sept. 4, 2012, 3:40 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych (R) and Premier Mykola Azarov, leaders of powerful Party of Regions during its 14th congress in Kyiv.

The Regions Party leads a rating of parties violating election laws during the election campaign compiled by the Opora social network, the coordinator of Opora's electoral program, Olha Aivazovska, has said.

"Opora compiled a rating of violators among political parties and candidates. It was headed by the Regions Party, which has 188 incidents," she said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday, Sept .4.

She said that the second place was taken by self-nominated candidates running for single-member districts, who 47 cases of violations of the electoral law. The Communist Party is in third place (six cases). The Batkivschyna Party is in fourth place with four cases of such violations.

"These figures concern all types of offenses: vote buying, using the government apparatus, illegal campaigning, as well as obstruction of the election campaigns of other political parties," Aivazovska said.

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bernardh Sept. 4, 2012, 4:32 p.m.    

Anyone surprised? And of the 47 cases of violations by self-nominated candidates, most are probably by "pro-presidential" candidates. The upcoming elections are likely to be the dirtiest in the history of Ukrainian independence. The current mafia/communist regime will only push Ukraine further into poverty, chaos and international isolation and disgrace.

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Harry Yellando Sept. 4, 2012, 5:17 p.m.    

happy days !!!! have one hell of a president.....all the world is laughing at him....images go virul in seconds and the West see ALL......your time IS running out, if , you do NOT want a DICK- tatorshiop...

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Roman Dawydiak Sept. 4, 2012, 10:35 p.m.    

An astute observation by bernardh. In one example of law breaking by candidates in single member constituencies, Volodymyr "the chameleon" Lytvyn's campaign supporters were filmed assaulting rvals in Zhytomyr Oblast. Amongst the goons was none other than Volodymyr Lytvyn's brother Petro. The local police authorities as per usual not only refused to act on the complaints of those who were physically assaulted but they accused the victims of provking the assault. So much for a fair campaign.

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Bill Pannell Sept. 5, 2012, 1:18 a.m.    

Ukrainians need to march in the streets before October 28..not after..

Maybe all of the opposition parties could agree on this at the very least or they will all lose...

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Harry Yellando Sept. 5, 2012, 11:37 a.m.    

CORRECT,,,,but who will lead them ??????

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Sept. 5, 2012, 12:08 p.m.    

And people still vote for them! This is the biggest joke making rounds, but shows that none of the opposition parties are capable of winning the trust of the people. After the orange fiasco, people are sick of political experiments carried out by selfish, backstabbing, utopian politicians who don't recognise the realities of the modern Ukraine and its geopolitical situation and priorities. A bunch of day dreamers!

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