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You're reading: Ukraine’s stone-age elections: fraudsters welcome

In some countries,
like Switzerland, the system is paper-based but the ballots
are scanned and the machines count the results. In Ukraine, even this would be
a major breakthrough.

Instead,
this is how the system works in Ukraine. After voting stopped at 8 p.m. on Oct.
28, the count, done manually, begins. “Forty-eight protocols have to be written
by hand. In each one we have to write down all the names of 22 parties and
dozens of candidates, their results, tons of other information. If you make a mistake
in one, you can throw away all the others. My deputy was writing from 7 p.m.
until the early morning and crying,” says the head of a polling station in
district 223 in Kyiv, who refused to give his name.

By the morning of Oct. 29, the work
in the polling station is done and the ballots and protocols have to be taken
to the district election commission. There, the waiting in line can take days.

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