Yanukovych wants to cancel norm on registration of parties' local branches one year ahead of local elections

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Aug. 29, 2010, 12:28 p.m. | Politics — by Ukrainian News
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych wants the Verkhovna Rada to cancel a norm of the local election law depriving political parties of the right to nominate candidates to local councils in areas where they do not have respective local branches registered 365 days ahead of local elections and to reinstate the norm after the local elections set for October 31, 2010. Yanukovych gave his position in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

"I have made a decision for myself - to cancel this norm of the law and reinstate it right after the local elections," said Yanukovych.

In the opinion of the Ukrainian president, the norm of the law will force all parties to abide by the norms of the law on political parties in Ukraine requiring parties to register their braches in cities, towns, and villages.

Yanukovych mentioned the case with the Strong Ukraine party which was registered three years ago but has failed to register its branches.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in July 2010 introduced a mixed election system for the local elections in Ukraine. The law deprived blocs of political parties of the right to take part in the local elections.

The law also deprives political parties of the right to nominate their candidates to local councils in areas where they do not have respective local branches registered 365 days ahead of local elections.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will convene for its extraordinary plenary session meeting on August 30. One of the questions of the session of the parliament will be introduction of amendments to the local elections law, including cancellation of the norm.

The Verkhovna Rada set the local elections in Ukraine for 31 October 2010.
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Anonymous Aug. 29, 2010, 1:24 p.m.    

I realized that my people are incompetent and did not register locally in many places. Besides I need Tigipko to divide the Ukrainian vote so that my people can get the majority and my KGB comrades from Moscow will rule.

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Anonymous Aug. 29, 2010, 2:13 p.m.    

To suspend a law then re-instate it, speaks of vote rigging on a wholesale scale,,,,how do they expect the world to view a country where its new dictatorship government is one that manipulates its system so much....they risk a great deal of international pressure,,,look at Belarus and its virtual isolation from the world for trade and commerce....International observers failed to see or report on many of the actions undertaken in the last elections (voters given cell phones and told to photograph there votes in order to retain the employment) the home voting scandal etc etc...

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Anonymous Aug. 29, 2010, 3:42 p.m.    

Tigipko is POR, his party is just a part of it, that is why he serves in Government and is Next in Line behind Yanu. They only fear Julia. She is not perfect, but better than any alternative. Just look at Tigs actions while in office, mighty quiet now, ain't he?

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Anonymous Aug. 29, 2010, 3:49 p.m.    

He will change the law the until the day of the voting or nullify things if he does not win. Drop you knickers Ukraine, your freedom has already passed. I fear you are not wise enough to call it back...

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Anonymous Aug. 29, 2010, 3:53 p.m.    

Yanu can not even cheat effectively. Now they realize the laws they passed to steal the election may not work, so they will do it another way.

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Anonymous Aug. 30, 2010, 7:42 p.m.    

allows the Central Election Commission to annul TEC results and establish the election results

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