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Yanukovych claims to OSCE that Ukrainian government intends to rig presidential election

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Dec. 9, 2009, 8:15 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Regions Party leader Victor Yanukovych said at a meeting with an OSCE election observation mission on Wednesday that he is afraid Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko might rig the presidential election. "We have a lot of different types of warnings. We know that the current government will try to rig the election. Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will head this process," he said.

Yanukovych said that during the election campaign, the Ukrainian premier would continue to use the administrative resource (using the government apparatus to affect the vote outcome), pressurize voters, and "even bribe them in some cases."

He said that the Regions Party hopes for cooperation and "close contacts" with the OSCE election observation mission.

Yanukovych expressed hope that such cooperation would result in the ability to create an election anti-rigging system.

"We think that such cooperation with you will bring benefit to Ukraine's in the issues of promoting democracy, human rights and creating the necessary conditions to strengthen democratic values," he said.
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Anonymous Dec. 9, 2009, 9:45 p.m.    

Regions Party leader Victor Yanukovych is the MASTER when it comes to how to rig an election...he should turn himself in to be arrested for rigging the last one!

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2009, 1:46 a.m.    

Need a Thief to catch a Thief. After all who would suspect Yushchenko of rigging the election. What was the outcome of the situation in Makuckevo in 2004 again?

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Anonymous Dec. 9, 2009, 10:30 p.m.    

He should use this photo with the caption "The Face of Ukraine" in his ads...

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2009, 1:43 a.m.    

It could sit along side a few photos of Yushchenko that comes to mind and the classic Yatseniuk photo. lol

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2009, 1:39 a.m.    

Everyone is at it now. All making allegations against each other and before the fact.

All elections are flawed in their execution in some form or another.

It is incumbent on any challenge to the over all election results to prove beyond doubt that the results of the election would have been different had the error in the conduct of the poll not occurred. It is insufficient to just make allegations and point to an error of administration.

Viktor Balhoa on November 24 correctly stated

"Various statements by marginal presidential candidates about the likely electoral fraud are aimed to create a background for their post-election information campaigns and lawsuits

Alarming declarations about the likely vote rigging directly point to organizational weaknesses of some candidates as the law allows for reliable barriers against any electoral fraud. For instance, any presidential candidate can send his 2 representatives to sit on local and regional electoral commissions, appoint observers to keep an eye on voting and counting of ballots. Proxies of candidates who have wide authority can also supervise the course of the voting.

“These representative must have absolute trust of their patron. Everything depends on the correct choice of a candidate and professional level of his team,” Baloha summed up.

Other effective barriers to electoral fraud are the Central Election Commission [whose members are appointed by major parliamentary parties on a quota principle] and numerous international observers. Mass media and NGOs, notably, the Committee of Voters of Ukraine, will also be effective in helping to curb fraud. Of great importance for establishing the final tally are also exit polls run by respected polling companies.

“There are more than enough supervisory tools, as you see, and they will all be used during the campaign. All the more so that there are 18 presidential candidates, some having considerable weight. That is why any declarations about the likely fraud are just attempts to justify a defeat of those who make them. Note that those candidates who are selling themselves as strong-willed and tough are most given to such declarations. In fact, such declarations expose them as would-be losers and outsiders”

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2009, 1:41 a.m.    

Take a look at the 2000 US Presidential election and the events that occurred in Florida. A most corrupt state of administration.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2009, 8:30 a.m.    

And the democrats never did try to steal an election. GWB had better, smarter and more clever attorneys than did Al Bore. Just the Inconvient Truth. Had Al Bore won then the events of 9/11 would have been repeated many different times. Don't forget that GWB was friend to Ukraine and Poland but never to Russia.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2009, 2:16 p.m.    

Baloga ought to know, as he was rigging half the voting districts in Zacarpattya in '06 and '07...

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