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Rada schedules snap local elections for June 20

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April 2, 2010, 1:03 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has scheduled early local elections in a number of cities, towns and villages for June 20, 2010. The parliament approved a corresponding resolution on Thursday.

An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported that the MPs did not approve all of the recommended drafts while voting for the early elections of village, town and city heads.

MP Mykola Katerynchuk (Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense faction) said the voting results proved that the Regions Party intends to extend its influence over local government bodies, as the faction did not support elections in any of those regions where they already have a majority.

"I would like to share a secret about the way the voting on the early elections is taking place. The intention to gain control over certain territories via local government bodies, without holding elections there, is obvious. The Regions Party does not need elections in those territories where it already has a majority; instead they unanimously support the elections in the regions where they do not have [a majority]. This is a shameful [attempted] seizure of local government bodies," Katerynchuk said.
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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 1:39 p.m.    

Power corrupts and Absolute power corrupts absolutely!! The party of regional corruption is aiming to become the party of national corruption. Hopefully this time round the voters will not be bullied into voting more criminals into power. The weaker the opposition the sooner putin's puppets will have their way. The rapist president will be handsomely rewarded by his master.

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 1:50 p.m.    

Well it doesn't matter anyway. BYuT have issued instruction to all regional BYuT people to resign from local governmetnal office as they say they cannot govern whilst in opposition.

Even if they won the would have to resign and go into opposition, so what difference does it make?

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 3:42 p.m.    

But surely local governments can continue to work when they are not in tune with the national government? All democracies allow for this. What counts is how the people vote. If the people in the areas which are now anti-Yanukovitch continue to vote against him then he will have to accept this. How can he seize these local governments if the people vote against him? Or am I being naive here!? They cannot just resign because they are in opposition. It does not make sense. You have to have an effective opposition in a democracy.

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 5:59 p.m.    

In a democracy you have local elections for ALL communities at the SAME time for all. This is the INLY way to ensure a just democratic process.

By selecting only strategic local communities to have elections, you make a fundamental error when it comes to democratic steering systems.

I think if there is to be amputated local election - it only serve propaganda purposes that will and can be used in a second round local elections to be held later.

Makes no sense at all, however, the opposition see this - and justly act upon it.

However, the people should act NOW, it can be to late in 6-9 months time.

Political stability can make Ukraine economy suffer as it only demonstrate a political monopoly from base to top.

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Anonymous April 4, 2010, 3:04 p.m.    

The muscovite backed puppets do not yet control everything.... Beware the dictatorship and do not succumb to their 10 dollar bribes...

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