TVi film crew beaten off by police at election commission
Mykola Knyazhytsky says that at the moment nobody is being admitted to the room where the district election commission [DEC] is meeting – neither journalists nor candidates. In contrast, the police are in the premises all the time and are present during the commission meetings.
Scandalous Pervomaisk protocols on their travels
Following the storm by Berkut riot police of the election commission premises in Pervomaisk, removal of protocols and disappearance of the head of the commission, the Central Election Commission would seem to have received and sent back protocols
EU concern over vote count and tabulation procrastination
High Representative Vice-President Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle note with increasing concern that five days after the closure of the ballot the consolidated results have still not been announced.
Tabulation process in Ukraine marred by violations, manipulation
Mission Canada has noted the negative development of serious problems in the tabulation of the results by the District Election Commissions (DECs) since election-day.
Berkut riot police storm election commission, remove protocols
More scandal in the election district where the Central Election Commission first published official results showing Arkady Kornatsky from the United Opposition to have won, and then, without any explanation handed victory to the Party of the Regions candidate
OPORA Demonstrates the Arithmetic of Vote Rigging
In some election districts the number of voters at close of voting on Election Day was between one and two thousand different from when the polling stations opened. Moreover, the figure could be less at close of voting, indicating that large numbers of votes had disappeared, or higher, with “votes” mysteriously appearing.
Vote count shenanigans: procrastination, Berkut riot police, battles
CVU Head Oleksandr Chernenko says that if the elections themselves, although problematical, passed on the whole peacefully, the vote count has “wiped out all positive features of these elections”.
CEC changes 8 members of electoral commission in contentious constituency
An opposition MP claims that the changes are in favour of Bohdan Hubsky while an alternative vote count on Thursday by members of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine, CHESNO and other civic groups found that United Opposition candidate Leonid Datsenko had won
OPORA: Analogous cases, different court rulings
The election watchdog OPORA reports worrying cases where the court has allowed suits from the main unsuccessful rival to Batkivshchyna candidate Viktor Romanyuk despite the acts about an infringement being written in the court and no other evidence
Voting Protocols rewritten in Electoral District No. 155
Flagrant infringements of electoral legislation videoed by an OPORA observer have formed the grounds for a recount of the votes at one of the polling stations in Electoral District No. 155 (centre in Dubrovytsa, Rivne oblast). The District Electoral Council has, however, refused to carry out a recount at other stations where the same infringements were recorded.
CVU takes electoral commission in Donetsk oblast to court
The Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] is challenging the decision of a precinct electoral commission which removed an official observer and journalist who was trying to check the passport of a person believed to be voting for a second time
New Ukrainian Parliament keeps politics a family affair
Dozens of relatives of high-ranking lawmakers and politicians will be entering the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada after winning one of the parliament’s 225 single-mandate seats -- a situation in which candidates can particularly profit from the influence and endorsements of well-placed relatives
Tymoshenko stopped from meeting OSCE delegation because of hunger strike
The OSCE observers called the refusal to allow the meeting because of Ms Tymoshenko’s hunger strike to be a violation of her human rights
Election Day: 18 infringements of journalists’ rights
The Institute for Mass Information reports that on Election Day there were 16 reported cases where journalists were obstructed when carrying out their work. There was also one attack on a journalist and a case involving indirect pressure
OPORA: The Elections did not meet democratic standards
It says that the parliamentary campaign was marked by competition in the election process being artificially restricted and by flagrant violations of the principle of equal opportunity for political parties and candidates
US calls Ukrainian elections a step backwards
A US State Department spokesperson has reiterated the concerns expressed by the OSCE regarding the use of government resources to favor ruling party candidates, interference with media access, harassment of opposition candidates and others
OSCE: Democratic progress appears to have reversed in Ukraine
Ukraine’s parliamentary elections were characterized by a tilted playing field. This was the result, primarily, of the abuse of administrative resources, as well as a lack of transparency in campaign and party financing and of balanced media coverage.”
Chernenko: "These elections the worst since 2004"
The Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] has published its report on its monitoring of Election Day. It says that although violations were not of a mass and systematic nature, infringements were recorded in most regions
ENEMO notes regress compared to previous elections
ENEMO notes significantly higher number of campaign violations, abuse of administrative resources, voter bribery, harassment and intimidation of candidates, campaign workers and journalists. The political landscape of 2012 elections was also influenced by imprisonment of two prominent opposition figures..”
International observers: Serious doubts about elections’ fairness
The Civil Society Election Observation Mission considered the election process to have been competitive, but point to the imprisonment of opposition leaders, significant abuse of power by some officials and of administrative resource, and others