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Public reporting of poll results is prohibited in final 15 days before presidential election

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Jan. 2, 2010, 3:18 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The media are prohibited by Ukrainian law from reporting the results of public opinion polls for the Ukrainian presidential election, starting from Jan. 2 until election day on Jan. 17. This is stipulated in a statement posted by the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting on its Web site on December 30, which foresees the coverage of the presidential election campaign by Ukrainian television and radio companies.

"We draw attention of media of all forms of ownership operating in Ukraine, to the fact that it is prohibited to report the results of public opinion polls regarding candidates for the Ukrainian presidency in the last fifteen days before election day," reads the statement.

The presidential election in Ukraine will be held on Jan. 17, with a likely runoff between the top two finishers on Feb. 7. The final publicly reported poll before the first round was conducted from Dec. 18-24.
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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2010, 4:16 p.m.    

I thought January 2nd was the last day before the 14 day blackout but turns out it is the first day of the blackout.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2010, 9:08 p.m.    

I'd like to add a special note of thanks and recognition to Ukrayinska Pravda's forum efforts over the past couple of days. Specifically, they cleaned out the smear campaign and apparently blocked UkrToday.

Just after this thread appeared here on ForUm, someone posted it on UP's forum. "UkrToday" responded by flooding UP's forum. That was exactly what he did when he was first cornered and exposed in this (ForUa) forum and in this site's news section. That flood was cleaned quickly by UP, along with most or all of the previous smear posts. Obviously, UP has made their decision about which way they want to go. Kudos.

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Anonymous Jan. 5, 2010, 2:15 p.m.    

UP English news was closed following and attack by Tomas Martinez and Nestor who trashed the formed by posting a serious of insults, threats and intimidation. They did the same thing on ForUA but there Martinez was moderator. The modus operandi is the same. They gang up on their victim who always was someone who opposed Yushchenko and they bate them by taunting their victim with crude insults and the like when their victim responds they call to have them banned. IN ForUA's case Martinez banned them as he was moderator. They would never apply the same standards to themselves of course. You should have seen the abuse Tomas Martinez subjected Anita and Angela too. It was disgraceful.

When Yulia fell out with Yushchenko in they tuned on Tymoshenko supporters and started hounding them. This time Tomas Martinez turned on poor Gene Nelson also a fellow moderator. Martinez in true Lord of the Flies" behavior, having trashed the ForUM forum, left camp and set up his own Internet news site forum where only pro-Yushchenko voices were allowed to participate and where they attack and vilify KP and Taras Kuzio.

They are the same gang of people that are now posting on on Kyiv post seeking to disrupt the debate and deny others the right to participate. Now that Yushchenko is about to lose office they are engaged in a Klu Klux Klan type trash and burn strategy hiding behind false nics or posting under someone else's name making false attributions and allegations threats and acts of intimidation.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2010, 4:47 p.m.    

The polls published before the blackout have shown little change in the expected outcome of the election. Viktor Yanukovych is in first place with 30% to 31% support followed by Yulia Tymoshenko on 17% to 19%. In third place is Sergei Tigipko with 5% to 7%.

Incumbent president Viktor Yushchenko has less then 4% with a negativity rating of 83% and is widely expected to lose in the first round of voting.

The two highest polling candidates will face off in a second round ballot expected to take place on February 7. All other candidates will forfeit their 2,5 million deposit. The polls indicate that Yanukovych will win the second ballot.

With just two weeks left before the first round of voting and a gap of over 10% between second and third place candidates little change in outcome is expected.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2010, 5:23 p.m.    

You can bet your bippy that if Yulka wasn't trailing badly in the polls this notification would not be there. She is getting her ass waxed. Yulka has not managed garner enough support for a win in round 1 and has pissed off too many people who will not support her in Round 2. Barring some last minute negotiations,we had better get used to calling the Prefossssor. Mr. President as all indications are he will take it in Round 2.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2010, 5:32 p.m.    

The above comment by Count Yorga is a reference to the statement non Yulia Tymoshenko's web site announcing the media blackout.

Contrary to Yorga's misleading statement Yulia is set to win the first round ballot and progress to the second round run-off ballot. Whilst Yanukovich is in poll position to win the overall election the real election campaign has not yet began. The first round is just the warm-up, pre-event teaser.

What is clear is that Yushchenko activists readily criticise Yulia Tymoshenko whilst supporting Viktor Yanukovych. A fact that was reported on ZIKs' interview with Ivan Denkovych.

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/56308/

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2010, 8:29 p.m.    

Hey Craats, you got banned from FORUM UA, so what, now you're going to cut and past thier site to this one? LOL. You're still a loser. ROFL.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2010, 10 p.m.    

Trying to promote your news site again. Is that not the site where Tomas Martinez from Florida was moderator where he banned everyone that held an opposing point of view to his own from participating. The same web site where the moderators were elected in a corrupt election where the banned their competition from participating during the election campaign only to reinstate them when the election was over.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2010, 8:52 a.m.    

Thats the site you were banned from along with UP forum for flooding the site with over 100 posts in less than an hour and using numerous alias's to talk to yourself, just like you do here. You were also banned from Wikipedia. You're a loser, always were, always will be. HA

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2010, 10:06 a.m.    

I assume this is Terry Hallman the guy that falsely accused Ukrainian authorities of committing mass murder and genocide of unwanted children in order t6o promote a "make me rich scheme so I can give money to needy orphanages". The same guy that falsely claimed he is a personal friend of US president Bill Clinton. Not one of the projects you claimed to be associated with could be independently verified, even though you have been ;living in Ukraine for over seven years. The same US Citizen who was expelled from Russia and denied entry in the UK for being an economic migrant. LOL.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2010, 10:09 a.m.    

No it is Thomas Martinez pretending he is Mr Hallman. This is the same thing he did to UP. Trash and burn, insults and abuse.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2010, 10:23 a.m.    

Quote:

Tom, you and Gene aren't here in Ukraine. You rarely even visit. You barely know what you're talking about most of the time. Neither of you have any real commitments to, or investment in, Ukraine.

Because you live in Ukraine makes you more of an authority on Ukraine?

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Tell us about your (Hallman's) accomplishments in Ukraine with children that's been documented in the media showing that you were involved. We don't want to hear about it, we want to see documented facts.

I've known you since 2003, and have never ever questioned your authority on children. But at the same time, I've never seen any solid facts of your work with them. I know many others in this forum have thought of the same, but were afraid to question you.

The only one that called you out was Klappa. (Not true many others before him were not so blind as to see the facts which speak for them self - ed.) Seeming you say I know absolutely nothing about Ukraine, and shouldn't be involved in Ukraine, then show us about what you so much talk about. I'm not going to be another Klappa and hound you about this, because half the crap you talk about I don't believe. We've met personally and recall how paranoid you were around people you didn't know, and so did others. But don't' worry or get paranoid about me because what you have to offer to this forum like myself in this any other forum is limited because we're not Ukrainians. You're absolutely correct.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2010, 9:58 p.m.    

Whoever you are, take your vendetta somewhere else, we're really not interested. I can see why you were banned, you are obnoxious and disruptive.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2010, 10:15 a.m.    

It is disappointing that polls can not be published in the weeks leading up to the election. Sven day blackout is more appropriate then 14. With the orthodox Christmas the "old"new year and winter intervening I doubt that there will be any significant change. Come January 18 Yushchenko will no longer maintain authority.

We do not need more polls to confirm this fact

Everyone including the US funded think tanks have written Yushchenko off as a lost cause.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2010, 10:19 p.m.    

Yanu for pres? It's the only thing that'll wake up the Ukrainian masses from their present fatalistic indifference to politics. Bring it on, say I.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2010, 10:23 p.m.    

Well you and others support the presidential system or is your support only predicated on who is elected. Somewhat hypocritical don't your think.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2010, 10:39 p.m.    

Yanukovych or Tymoshenko will be a vast improvement on Yushchenko.

As the US state office has said we will work with whoever the people of Ukraine freely choose to be their head of state. Lets not forget that the US has also written off Yushchenko as a lost cause. Obama would not meet with him when he visisted New York last Autumn.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2010, 10:10 a.m.    

he polls published before the blackout have shown little change in the expected outcome of the election. Viktor Yanukovych is in first place with 30% to 31% support followed by Yulia Tymoshenko on 17% to 19%. In third place is Sergei Tigipko with 5% to 7%.

Incumbent president Viktor Yushchenko has less then 4% with a negativity rating of 83% and is widely expected to lose in the first round of voting.

The two highest polling candidates will face off in a second round ballot expected to take place on February 7. All other candidates will forfeit their 2,5 million deposit. The polls indicate that Yanukovych will win the second ballot.

With just two weeks left before the first round of voting and a gap of over 10% between second and third place candidates little change in outcome is expected.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2010, 3:19 p.m.    

The decision who is best to lead Ukraine will be made not in the first round but in the second round contest.

17 candidates, four from the president's own party "Our Ukraine", are challenging Viktor Yushchenko. It will be a vote and a test of mandate reflecting on the last five years of Yushchenko's presidency.

The first round of voting is not about deciding who is the better candidate or who has the best policies and support to lead Ukraine. The first round of voting is a vote of confidence on incumbency, a vote for or against Viktor Yushchenko.

On January 17 Ukraine will pass judgment on Yushchenko's term of office. They will reflect on his performance and the ongoing instability, political crisis and divisions that he has caused. They will reflect on the events of 2007 and 2008 when Yushchenko tried to undermined successive governments and his attempts to usurp power and authority where he had none. They will reflect on the never ending political crisis that has engulfed Ukraine over the last five years and Yushchenko's betrayal of his oath and undertakings given to Ukraine and those who supported his election in 2004.

When voting on Sunday January 17, Ukraine will send a clear message that they do not want Yushchenko to remain in office.

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Anonymous Jan. 3, 2010, 3:41 p.m.    

The main intrigue in the first round is what will be Yuschenko's reaction when he loses. If he only gets 4 percent, will he face the nation on Jan. 18 with some new-found humility?

Tymoshenko's task in the 1st round is to stay within a reasonable margin of Yanukovich. If she loses to him by 15 points or more, the runoff will be pretty much a foregone conclusion. Conversely, if she loses by 5 points or less, we have to say that Tymoshenko will be the favorite for the Feb. 7 runoff.

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Anonymous Jan. 4, 2010, 8:53 a.m.    

Certainly is shaping up to be the most interesting and entertaining part of the election campaign, enough to make you want to stay tuned in, and riveted to your computer screen. Already I am planning the celebrations.There will be cheering and dancing in the streets. We will now the results of Yushchenko's defeat within within 12 hours as the first lot of data is published.

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Anonymous Jan. 4, 2010, 8:57 a.m.    

I do not think it matters how much she wins by. As long as she is in second place. The data to look for is how close Yanukovych is to 50%. Anything above 39% signals the end of the campaign. Game over.

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Anonymous Jan. 5, 2010, 2:12 p.m.    

The PM has enforced a law that no more polls can be distributed as of the 2nd of the month. Of course, if its not showing her numbers increasing, she doesn't want people that think she's not going to win, to waste their votes on her.

I can't wait till she starts screaming bloody murder, when she loses.

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Anonymous Jan. 5, 2010, 2:40 p.m.    

Yulia did not make the law. It has been in existence for years, And is a common practice thought Europe.

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