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These are some of the findings of a June poll by Kyiv-based think tanks
Razumkov and Democratic Initiatives Foundation. But the question still remains:
Who can stop the cheating? The answer is complicated.

“In Ukraine, at least in recent years,
what needs to be observed in terms of electoral administration and campaigning
happens early in the electoral process,” said Gavin Weise, International
Foundation for Electoral Systems Asia and Europe deputy director.

Many injustices and violations take place because of the way the playing
field is set, which happens long before any observation missions begin
operating in the country. Typically, long-term observers are local civic
groups.

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