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Observers from
OPORA, the largest domestic election monitoring group, point out
increasing number of incidents of campaign violations, among them
bribing voters, use of government resources of local authorities to
the advantage of some parties and candidates, obstruction in election
campaigning, unfair campaigning, use of law enforcement for campaign
help and pressure on news media.

“We have clearly
determined that the [use of] administrative resources and [vote] bribing are those factors that may influence the outcome of [upcoming
parliamentary] elections,” said Olha Ayvazovska, coordinator of
electoral programs at OPORA, but could not elaborate whether this
impact would be significant saying that it is too early to provide a
final judgment as the campaign is not over yet.

Ukraine’s parliamentary
election is scheduled to take place on Oct. 28. Half of the 450-seat
parliament will be elected through closed party lists. The other 225
seats will be distributed among winners of the election in single
mandate constituencies.

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