Strasbourg to examine one of the most scandalous election results


   Viktor Romanyuk, an opposition Batkivshchyna candidate at the 2012 parliamentary elections has had his application to the European Court of Human Rights declared admissible.  There is no indication as yet, he told Ukrainska Pravda on Tuesday, when the case will be heard.

The application was lodged over the decision by District Election Commission No. 94 to invalidate the voting at 27 polling stations on the application of the Party of the Regions candidate Tetyana Zasukha.

Romanyuk believes that this decision violated his right to free elections, Article 3 of the First Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

As reported, Viktor Romanyuk had been clearly in the lead in Election District No. 94 (Obukhiv, Kyiv oblast)), however a court allowed a number of suits from Party of the Regions candidate Tetyana Zasukha.

The court’s actions were reported by the election watchdog OPORA in early November. It noted that the “court received 17 civil suits asking the court to declare the elections invalid at polling stations where Batkivshchyna candidate Viktor Romanyuk won with a large majority. Of these the judges rejected 8 and accepted 3, despite the identical circumstances of the case and the testimony of members of the precinct electoral commissions [PEC]. A considerable percentage of the suits were from Tetyana Zasukha, the others from representatives of little-known candidates. In all 17 civil suits the grounds given for the elections to be declared invalid at the polling stations was that on Election Day observers had not been admitted to the PEC. Yet most of these polling stations have already handed in all protocols to the District Electoral Commission [DEC] and the relevant complaints were not made then”

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