Front for Change leader: New law to allow opposition win 2012 parliamentary elections

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Nov. 18, 2011, 10:04 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The law on parliamentary elections in Ukraine's adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday evening, takes into account demands of the opposition and won't allow the election fraud in 2012, the Front for Change Party Leader and member of the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense faction Arseniy Yatseniuk said. "This is the victory of the opposition. The opposition's demands were clearly formulated and we managed to have these demands met. The majority wanted to adopt the law, which would steal the votes of electors, as it was during the local elections. We didn't allow this law to be passed and [thus prevented] election fraud. According to this law, the opposition will win the parliamentary elections in 2012," Yatseniuk's press service quoted the lawmaker as saying on Thursday.

"Through adopting this law we have shown that the opposition can win and can make the authorities reckon with our demands," he stressed.
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Anonymous Nov. 18, 2011, 10:15 a.m.    

This is a statement he will not stand by after the elections. Unless of course, contrary to all public opinions it is the opposition parties that prevail.

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Anonymous Nov. 18, 2011, 10:27 a.m.    

The opposition will not succeed. The system is designed to deliver the highest polling party the majority of seats. A party with less then 50% of the vote will secure more then 60% of the single members electorate positions. Much of the outcome will also depend on how the proposed single ember electorates are drawn. And Party that has more than 50% of the vote will be under represented and the highest polling party below 50% will be over represented. It is that basic and seriously flawed in design and concept. There are better and more practical alternatives. Yatseniuk has been conned and is providing false and misleading advice, You would not allocate dividends of share holding in the way that Ukraine now proposes to divide up the seats in the new parliament.

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Anonymous Nov. 18, 2011, 10:22 a.m.    

Th8is guy is a joke,. He certainly is not a leader, The new law is not a victory for the opposition or Ukraine. It do0es not meet the criteria set forth by the Venice Commission or the Council of Europe,. Both organisations have recommended that Ukraine not adopt a spilt mandate, first-past-the-post voting)MMP system.

What Ukraine needed to dom but the opposition failed to advocate was establish 50 local electorates with each electorate electing 9 members of parliament by a system of proportional representation on a 10% quota. Such a model would have ensured equality and accountability of representative government by introducing an open list electoral system. The recommendation that has been agreed to will see Ukraine revert back to the MMP system that was in place before 2004. A system that failed Ukraine and will fail again. Yatseniuk in particular will have every little chance of winning any of the single member seats three to five in Western Ukraine at best.

The Parliament's proposed MMP, split mandate, system will further enhance the role and representation of the two major parties who will have a even grater disproportionate number of members of Parliament.

The outcome of the next parliamentary election will see Yatseniuk's fledgling party reduced to less than 10 members of parliament whilst party of Regulations will secure more then 50% of the number of seats with less than 40% of the overall vote. This can be ascertained by extrapolating the results of the last parliamentary election and the first round of the presidential election.

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Anonymous Nov. 18, 2011, 10:31 a.m.    

You do not design or implement a voting system or representative model on the expectation of the election results. Any model should be based on the principle of equality and one vote one value. The number of seats won by any single party should be in proportion to the electorates support. The system proposed does not meet these fundamental democratic requirements.

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Anonymous Nov. 18, 2011, 6:38 p.m.    

Yatseniuk is part of the problem with Ukraine's opposition and their empty technical candidates. His main claim to fame was that he spoke English at a time when most Ukrainian politicians could not, and that made him a nice honey trap for corrupt oligarchs to use when dealing with foreigners. Beyond that he's empty as a pipe from his current backer Pinchuk (Kuchma). He speaks at long lengths about nothing and has no consistency or spine. Very technical candidate.

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Anonymous Nov. 18, 2011, 7:31 p.m.    

Strange how someone you potray as a problem have support of around 10% at the moment.Millions of Ukrainians obviously don't think like you and are willing to vote for him.

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Anonymous Nov. 20, 2011, 9:44 a.m.    

&quot;Through adopting this law we have shown that the opposition can win and can make the authorities reckon with our demands,&quot; he stressed.&quot;

Anyone who comes out with a statement like this must be a stooge.

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Anonymous Nov. 19, 2011, 5:27 p.m.    

He is right to a certain extent. Three opposition parties are set to enter parliament. Byut, Yatseniuk and Klitchko.Their current ratings combined puts them well ahead of POR whose ratings is still on the decline.And indications are that the communists may not make it through this time around. Wouldn't that be great!

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