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30.07.2012

Reports of pressure on voters in Sverdlovsk

   

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The Luhansk Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] reports that in Sverdlovsk and Rovenky Party of the Regions activists are going around people’s homes with a “survey”. The interviewers ask people whether they’are planning to vote for the Party of the Regions and check details about their place of residence, place of work and family situation. The independent trade union Solidarity whose leader Konstantin Ilchenko passed the information on to CVU views such actions as pressure on voters in the No. 111 single-mandate electoral district.

CVU would note that the Party of the Regions carries out such surveys in the Luhansk region at each election. In essence this is a form of door-to-door campaigning under the guise of a survey.  The “surveys” are carried out not by sociologists, but by party activists.  

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