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Zabarsky: Opposition afraid of fair elections

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July 9, 2012, 5:38 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Opposition leaders Arseniy Yatseniuk, Olexander Turchinov during language bill protests near Ukrainian House
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Ukrainian opposition politicians oppose the installation of Web cameras at the polling stations because they are afraid of transparent and fair elections, Regions Party MP Vladyslav Zabarsky has said.

"Considering the opposition's hysteric over the adoption of the bill on the peculiarities of ensuring open, transparent, and democratic parliamentary elections, they are afraid of public oversight at the elections," the press service of the Regions Party cited the deputy as saying on Monday.

Zabarsky said the authorities are trying to do everything possible to hold the elections in a transparent and fair manner. He also noted that under the bill, the video surveillance system has to consist of at least two Web cameras, as well as devices that will record video and data and transmit them to a relevant Web site.

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Roman Dawydiak July 11, 2012, 5:39 a.m.    

Pray tell who controls this "relevant website"? Will there be international observers monitoring this transfer of communications? What guarantees (other than meaningless promises) will be in place that there will be no tampering? Unless the Ukrainian authorities can provide answers to these and similar questions regarding transparency their procolamations would only be tantamount to pure propaganda.

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