Turchynov: vote rigging in favor of Yanukovych was systematic, large-scale

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Feb. 10, 2010, 4:41 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Tymoshenko's campaign headquarters, has claimed that there was systematic and large-scale vote rigging in the Feb. 7 run-off presidential election in Ukraine.

Oleksandr Turchynov, the head of Yulia Tymoshenko's campaign headquarters, has claimed that there was systematic and large-scale vote rigging in the Feb. 7 run-off presidential election in Ukraine. He said this in a statement released by the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko's press service on Wednesday.

"I state that the second round of the presidential election in Ukraine was marked by falsifications that significantly affected the election result and threw the result of the vote into question," Turchynov said.

He said that "despite fierce opposition by Viktor Yanukovych's representatives, Yulia Tymoshenko's representatives managed to seek the first recount of votes at the 20th election district of the fifth constituency in Kerch," and added that "data submitted to the Central Election Commission from this district gave Yanukovych 8% more votes than he in fact received."

"This fact has been documented. After that, we managed to seek a vote recount at another six election districts. In all cases of the vote recount, we saw similar falsification in favor of Yanukovych."

Similar violations, according to Tymoshenko's headquarters, were recorded in other Ukrainian regions, in particular, in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

"I'm empowered to report the first legally proved facts of vote rigging in favor of Yanukovych in the second round of the presidential election in Ukraine," Turchynov said, adding that he is ready to provide the evidence to international observers, reporters, the public and the courts.

He also said that Tymoshenko's campaign headquarters had submitted the documents to the Central Election Commission and demanded that votes be recounted at over 900 polling stations.
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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 5:11 p.m.    

Oleksandr Turchinov is one of the most morally bankrupt individuals in the history of Ukraine.

BYT is divided between MPs who actually have pro-European views and are concerned about their future political credibility on the one hand, opposed to the other camp who are just riding the Tymoshenko power train for their maximum personal benefit and have no real political ideology.

Tymoshenko's decision to challenge the election results reflects the hard-line position of the latter camp - Turchinov, Senchenko, Korolevska, Karmazin, and probably also some business interests led by Zhevago. This wing of BYT has nothing to lose by dragging out the process as long as possible. I believe that Nemyria also belongs to this camp of BYT, since like Tymo, he has had nothing to say since the election.

However, the moderate, more progressive wing of BYT - Tomenko, Shevchenko, Oliynik, Mischenko, and others understand that the only chance for BYT to stay relevant is to re-group in opposition. A re-organized BYT will be a smaller but likely more cohesive movement.

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 6:15 p.m.    

The title of morally bankrupt goes to Yushchenko.

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 6:24 p.m.    

I agree Tymoshenko needs to pick herself up and dust herself off and like Party of Regions in 2004 and 2007 aceto the result of the election as being final. But you comments denigrating two members of her faction are unfounded and extremely bias. Particularly where related to Nemyria, he has done more to advance and advocate Ukraine adopting European values then anyone else. Yushchenko most certainly did not support European values or European integration.

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 5:24 p.m.    

May be he is trying to somehow justify his failures and BYT failures to win...!!!!!!!

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 6:18 p.m.    

I think Tymoshenko has nothing to be ashamed of, other then her overreaction to a number of unfounded issues, her support in this election was better then expected. A 3 percent margin under the circumstances is not bad. Yanukovych only won a limited mandate from 34% of the electorate. Tymoshenko 32%. The balance wither stayed away or votes against all.

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 6:14 p.m.    

He needs to establish much more then 8% of a single polling place in pradet to bring about a change in the elections result. Over 850,000 thousand votes would need to be ruled out. The onus is on Tymoshenko who seeks to challenge the result to prove beyond doubt that the results would have changed. It is not satisfactory to just claim there ware mistakes and errors in a few polling places. If the margin was within 0.5% then it could be possible but to wind back 3.5% is virtually impossible. They are also up against all the exit polls and Th OSEC and international observers who has singed off on the election as being a true and accurate reflection of the voters intentions. Tymoshenko had observers at every polling place. A summary of the protocols submitted should be able to provide the extent of any alleged discrepancy that occurred.

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Anonymous Feb. 11, 2010, 1:28 p.m.    

I really like the fact that as long as the voting results are not effected its okay that Victors' supporters should be allowed to get away with cheating. We all kinow one thing which is without fixing the result in Donetsk, Luhansk and the Crimea the party of Regions would not have stopped Yulia from winning.

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Anonymous Feb. 10, 2010, 8:04 p.m.    

Oh ! Stop !

You're terribly off track !

First , let's admit that the Ukraine leads the world in political, and , perhaps , all around corruption.

To admit and allow ' just a little bit more ' becomes tantamount to

collusions. It's like allowing a ' little bit of rape ' because the hormones overpowered the mental will power. TO RAPE AND THEN SAY THAT NO HARM HAS BEEN DONE ..... BECAUSE SHE (UKRAINE ) IS ONLY A LITTLE BIT PREGNANT IS TANTAMOUNT TO THE HEIGHT OF HIPOCRACY !!!!!!!!!!!

No , you can only become clean if you ( ukrainians ) begin to ' wash


I would even go so far as to say that even the occurance of a single,

and every, PROVEN CASE of electoral corruption should be dealt with by giving the opposing side the entire vote ..... or, AT LEAST disallowing the guilty side from representation in a re-vote.


I truly hope that Yulia &amp; BYT will prosecute every case of electoral

corruption to THE LIMIT , if that is possible , as that would require

an HONEST judicial system..... one NOT equally corrupted or bought out.

... but , perhaps , that is too much to expect in a society that

through eons has been nurtured on the ' juices of that forbidden fruit '.


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