Crimean Tatars ignored in Ukraine’s new parliament
Members of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative-executive assembly have expressed disillusionment over the failure by Ukrainian political parties to ensure that Crimean Tatars are represented in the new Ukrainian parliament
CVU: Electoral reform must be part of any coalition agreement
The Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] stresses the need for an electoral code and properly held local elections before any decentralization can be carried out
Russia’s Right Sector Fever and its Victims
Russian media response to the galling failure by Ukrainian voters to provide any indication of a descent into ‘fascism’ was predictable: they shouted louder. In the meantime at least 7 people remain in detention on absurd ‘Right Sector plot’ charges.
Significant number of ‘new’ MPs voted in Jan 16 dictatorial laws
Despite active campaigning to ensure that voters knew which MPs voted for the Jan laws aimed at crushing peaceful protest, freedom of speech and civil society in general, it is claimed that around 65 MPs who voted for them have been re-elected
CVU: serious concerns over at least 2 single mandate constituencies
The Committee of Voters of Ukraine believes the elections should be declared invalid in the Kirovohrad oblast No. 102 single mandate constituency where former secretary of the Kyiv City Council Oles Dovhy is in the lead
Fighting stops vote count in Donetsk oblast
This was the first report of shelling since voting began on Sunday, however the conflict took its toll on the elections in the Donetsk oblast with only around 42% able to vote
Ukrainian voters drive off ‘carousel’ vote-riggers
Voting is underway in Ukraine and against all odds appears to be going reasonably well. Small but welcome indicators are a wonderful response from responsible voters in Dubno, the fact that the websites of the 2 main election watchdogs have not been subjected to DDoS attacks. The police are also reporting electoral irregularities, not implicated in them as they were in 2012
Dangerous war heroes on Ukraine’s political scene
A number of candidates are likely to enter parliament because of their role in defending Ukraine against Russian aggression. Unfortunately there are some whose political background makes their possible victory on a wave of support for war heroes of serious concern
45% in Donetsk oblast will not vote
According to the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] 1.5 million people in the Donetsk oblast (45%) will not take part in the parliamentary elections on Oct 26. In the Luhansk oblast people in the territory bordering on the zone of fighting are frightened to vote.
Thousands of soldiers prevented from voting
Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has failed to introduce amendments to electoral legislation which would have enabled military servicemen from the ATO zone to vote in the elections
Crimean ‘elections’: boycott, spoilt ballot papers and pre-determined result
Any hopes that Russia’s occupation regime in the Crimea had of legitimizing its rule appear to have been in vain with most Crimean Tatars and many other Ukrainians boycotting the elections or writing ‘Glory to Ukraine!’ across the ballot paper
Menaces de poursuites judiciaires contre les Criméens qui votent en Ukraine
Sergei Aksenov, chef du gouvernement fantoche "élu" quelques heures après l’invasion de la Crimée par les forces armées russes, a menacé de poursuites judiciaires les Ukrainiens qui feraient le déplacement depuis la Crimée pour aller voter dans le district de Kherson aux élections parlementaires ukrainiennes d’octobre.
Crimeans threatened with prosecution for voting in Ukrainian elections
Sergei Aksenov, head of the puppet government ‘elected’ hours after Russian forces invaded the Crimea, has threatened to impose criminal liability on Ukrainians who go from the Crimea to the Kherson oblast to vote in Ukraine’s October parliamentary elections
Crimean opponents of United Russia party prevented from running in elections
A number of well-known politicians and officials in the Crimea have lost any chance of running in the Crimean parliamentary election on September 14.
MPs told it’s money that stops them changing electoral law
Members of the civic initiative “Re-elections by Different Rules” are demanding proper amendments to parliamentary elections legislation and believe MPs’ procrastination is governed by venal motives
Russian fake shows CEC claiming Right Sector win
Ukraine’s presidential elections brought good news for the country, both in an outright win for one candidate and in the negligible support given to far-right candidates. Both were a blow to the Kremlin. So devastating that Russia’s First TV channel obligingly sought to soften it. Or just claim deceit.
Crimean Tatars come to Kherson oblast to vote
A large number of Crimean Tatars of different ages set off on Sunday in around 20 cars to vote in Ukraine’s presidential elections
Donetsk: pro-Russian gunmen terrorize polling stations
The very few polling stations which even opened following days of systematic attacks, seizures and threats from Kremlin-backed militants are being forced to close
Donetsk region: Hostages to lawless armed militants
The following statement issued by authoritative Donetsk civic organizations refers mainly to the Donetsk oblast, but also reflects the atmosphere of terror, threats and violence imposed by pro-Russian militants in the neighbouring Luhansk oblast.