Court condemned the head of an election commission of the Kirovograd region to 5 years of incarceration for falsification of the results of voting
On 16 March the Bobrinetskiy district court of the Kirovograd region condemned the head of district election commission No. 25 of the territorial election circuit No. 101 to 5 years of incarceration for falsification of the results of voting during the Presidential election of 21 November 2004. This information was communicated by Natalya Alekseenko, the press secretary of the regional prosecutor.
By N. Alekseenkos information, the criminal case against the head of the district commission was instituted on 17 December 2004.
The investigation established that on 21 November 2004 the head of the commission, with the purpose of falsification of the voting results, persuaded the members of the commission to sign the blank protocol of calculation of votes and attached the stamp of the commission.
After that she wrote into the protocol of calculation of votes the deliberately false data, according to which 89 persons gave their votes for Viktor Yushchenko and 381 – for Viktor Yanukovich.
She personally carried the protocol with the “results” of the voting to the territorial election commission of circuit No. 101.
On 26 January the official accusation was pronounced against the head of the district commission, and on 31 January 2005 the criminal case was passed to court. The Bobrinetskiy district court acknowledged the head of the district commission to be guilty of the crime envisaged by part 3 of Article 158 of the Criminal Code (illegitimate use of election bulletins, falsification of election documents or incorrect calculation of votes and incorrect publication of election results).
The court condemned the head of district commission No. 25 of territorial election circuit No. 101 to five years of incarceration with prohibition to occupy some posts during two years, but, in compliance with Article 75 of the Criminal Code (release on probation), the court released the condemned from the service of sentence with the probation term of three years.
The verdict can be appealed in the higher instance.
17 March 2005