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Webcams won’t rule out election fraud

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July 17, 2012, 12:26 p.m. | Politics — by Yuriy Onyshkiv

People look at the screens broadcasting views from polling stations via a network of webcams all over the country in the situational center at the headquarters of Russian Central Election Commission in Moscow late on March 4. Ukraine is adopting the same technology in a bid to prevent election fraud during the Oct. 28 parliamentary election.
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Yuriy Onyshkiv

Ukrainian officials say they will install webcams at polling stations for the Oct. 28 parliamentary elections to help ensure honesty in the election and prevent allegations of fraud from the political opposition.
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Frederick Sass July 17, 2012, 1:19 p.m.    

Using webcams owned by the Ukrainian telecom monopoly to monitor a fair election? Who will monitor the telecom giant to ensure it won't just extend the will of Yanukovych? This sounds like a real sleazy attempt to control the election, while appearing to be democratic and fair. These webcams are nothing but "smoke & mirrors", which is a distraction used by magicians to fool the audience.

A much more effective system of guaranteeing against election fraud is to allow unobstructed scrutinizing by international election observers. But Yanukovych would fear the reaper if he actually did this, as it would actually aid in his downfall, and Yanukovych won't allow that to happen.

Don't forget to burn the Reichstag, Yanukovych, you are almost there!!!

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Roman Dawydiak July 19, 2012, 11:08 a.m.    

Youe are absolutely correct, Frederick. It should also be added that the accountability of the actual vote counters has not been properly addressed. Are we going to have POR vote counters being watched by POR observers? That would be laughable if it were not so disgusting.

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Gerald Bowers July 17, 2012, 3 p.m.    

Ukraine will once again show what a great democracy it is when we witness voter turnout of 103% in Donetsk and maybe 110% in Crimea.)))))))

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Frederick Sass July 17, 2012, 7:24 p.m.    

Using webcams owned by the Ukrainian telecom monopoly to monitor a fair election? Who will monitor the telecom giant to ensure it won't just extend the will of Yanukovych? This sounds like a real sleazy attempt to control the election, while appearing to be democratic and fair. These webcams are nothing but "smoke & mirrors", which is a distraction used by magicians to fool the audience.

A much more effective system of guaranteeing against election fraud is to allow unobstructed scrutinizing by international election observers. But Yanukovych would fear the reaper if he actually did this, as it would actually aid in his downfall, and Yanukovych won't allow that to happen.

Don't forget to burn the Reichstag, Yanukovych, you are almost there!!!

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