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Azarov blames opposition for opposing organization of fair parliamentary elections

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July 27, 2012, 6 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

All actions by the government aimed at organizing transparent and democratic elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine are being met with resistance from the opposition, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov (L) has said in an interview with Britain's Financial Times newspaper.
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All actions by the government aimed at organizing transparent and democratic elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine are being met with resistance from the opposition, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said in an interview with Britain's Financial Times newspaper.

"We have to ensure there are free and democratic elections. The most interesting thing is that everything we are doing to achieve that is being met with resistance from our opposition. They say beforehand that the elections will be rigged. I'm asking a simple question: 'If you're against fraud, why don't you support the installation of Web cameras at polling stations?'" Azarov said.

The prime minister added that the installation of Web cameras would help conduct online monitoring of how the election process is taking place at each polling station.

Azarov said that according to Ukrainian electoral law, representatives of opposition parties had been included in the composition of election commissions and they have every opportunity to monitor the fairness and transparency of elections and vote count.

He said that Ukraine had invited to the elections an unprecedentedly large number of observers, from international organizations such as the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the European Commission.

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Roman Dawydiak July 27, 2012, 7:05 p.m.    

As per usual, PM Azarov twists the facts through deliberate omissions. Amongst various other critics of the improper use of web cameras, the head of the Ukrainian electoral commission also pointed out that these cameras would NOT be directed at those who were counting the votes leaving open the almost certain use of fraud in the counting of votes. To paraphrase a comment once made by the infamous dictator Joseph Stalin, "It is not important who votes but it is important who counts the votes".

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bernardh July 28, 2012, 4:42 p.m.    

Azarov is dreaming of Soviet times when it so much easier: only one party and no opposition who could ruin the "democratic" and indeed transparent elections.

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