It appears they fear that playing up their ties will cost votes.
Although the election campaign started only July 30, prospective candidates long ago started awareness campaigns. In one example, billboards promoting Maksym Lutsky, a Party of Regions lawmaker, did not mention his party affiliation.
Taras Berezovets, director of the political consulting firm Berta Communications, says that with the growing unpopularity of President Viktor Yanukovych and his ruling party, distancing is understandable.
According to a June poll by the Razumkov Center, the party in the center and northern oblasts has only 14 percent support compared to 27 percent who support imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna Party. During the presidential vote on Feb. 7, 2010, Tymoshenko got 65 percent of the votes in Kyiv Oblast.