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‘Banned’ Ukrainian Communist Party puts forward candidate for Presidential Elections

Ukraine’s ‘Communist Party# has announced that it is putting forward its leader Petro Symonenko as presidential candidate in the coming elections.  The announcement has aroused bemusement, since it comes over three years after a much publicized ruling banning this very same party.   | detail

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Five Ways the Kremlin Can Meddle in Ukraine’s Big Election

On June 15, Yulia Tymoshenko launched the start of Ukraine’s presidential election season with a two-and-half hour speech in Kyiv, Ukraine. With twenty-nine percent of voters telling pollsters they haven’t made their minds up for the race slated for March 31, the field is wide open. But it’s not too soon to start worrying about the many ways in which the Kremlin may meddle in the election. | detail

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Crimean Tatars boycott illegal Russian elections despite likely persecution in retaliation

Photographs from Crimean polling stations on 18 March do not tally with official reports, and certainly the vast majority of Crimean Tatars seem to have boycotted the event. This is despite four years bitter experience of the repressive measures they are likely to face for their courageous resistance. | detail

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Shameful Putin ‘Election’ Farce Legitimized by the OSCE

What will the OSCE say at their 19 March press conference in Moscow after agreeing to observe a ‘presidential election’ in which the main opposition candidate had been prevented from running, and which was being illegally held in occupied Crimea?. | detail

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Russia uses loyal ‘observers’ and repression for illegal elections in occupied Crimea

As expected, Russia has invited unwavering supporters from different countries to act as supposed ‘observers’ of the presidential elections which it is illegally holding in occupied Crimea. | detail

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Crimean Tatars threatened with dismissal for not taking part in illegal Russian ‘elections’

Nobody seriously doubts the outcome of Russia’s presidential ‘elections’ on 18 March, but Vladimir Putin does not want a pitiful turnout to mar the beginning of his fourth official term in office.  Just like in Soviet times, all efforts are underway to persuade or force people to give the right veneer to this electoral farce, especially in occupied Crimea where Russia is holding the elections illegally. | detail

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Why Election Reform Should Be a Top Priority Now

Election reform in Ukraine is finally gaining some momentum. In December, parliament passed in the first reading draft law #3112-1, which creates an open list proportional election system and makes it easier for small parties to win seats in parliament. In addition, the president’s long-awaited list of candidates for the Central Election Commission has finally been submitted. | detail

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How can OSCE observe Russian ‘elections’ that are being illegally held in occupied Crimea?

There are several reasons why the event on March 18 which will give Vladimir Putin his fourth official term as Russian President can only loosely be termed ‘elections’. There is one, however, that surely invalidates any outcome since Russia is insisting on holding the elections in illegally occupied Ukrainian Crimea. | detail

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Ukraine’s ‘party dictatorship’ law for removing inconvenient MPs revoked as unconstitutional

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has revoked a highly controversial law passed in early 2016 which enabled political parties to strip MPs of their mandate . The Court confirmed what election watchdogs had said from the outset, namely that the law is in breach of Ukraine’s Constitution and flouted the principle that it is the people who vote for their representatives, not the party hierarchy. | detail

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Poroshenko accused of following in Yanukovych’s tracks over retrograde law

A law recently passed and signed by the President in blitzkrieg fashion strips the heads and deputy heads of local state administrations of their civil servant status, with this removing any requirements for their appointment on a competitive basis, and restrictions on political party affiliation. | detail

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Now Is the Time for Electoral Reform in Ukraine

Ukraine’s parliament has a busy agenda this autumn. Not only is a sweeping healthcare reform package needed to fix the country’s broken system, judicial reform, the creation of a special anticorruption court, and land reform are also pending. In spite of these burning priorities, now is also the best time for parliament to pass electoral reform. | detail

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New Kremlin ploy for bypassing Minsk agreements rubberstamped by the same pro-Russian ‘observers’

The self-styled ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’ held ‘primaries’ on Oct 2, claiming them to be preparation for the local elections demanded by the Minsk Agreement. The event was effusively praised by at least 33 ‘observers’, some of them already known for their far-right or extreme left views and unwavering pro-Kremlin position | detail

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Numbers Don’t Lie: Statistics Point To Massive Fraud In Russia’s Duma Vote

According to one estimate, " the scope of the falsification in favor of United Russia in these elections amounted to approximately 12 million votes" | detail

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Crimean Tatars boycott Russia’s illegitimate elections in occupied Crimea

Most Crimean Tatars appear to have boycotted the elections which Russia illegally held in occupied Crimea. How many other Ukrainians also refused to take part is as yet unclear, but it seems likely that despite threats and coercion, the turnout was low. Judging by previous experience since Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the boycott could lead to an escalation in repression. | detail

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Pressure mounts on Crimeans to ‘vote’ in Russia’s illegitimate elections

More reports are emerging of Crimean public sector workers being threatened with dismissal if they don’t turn up at the polling booths on Sept. 18. Russia is illegally holding its parliamentary elections in occupied Crimea and is typically using coercion to gain turnout amid calls to boycott the event. | detail

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Crimean Tatar Leader Calls for Boycott of Russia’s Illegitimate Elections in Occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Refat Chubarov has addressed all Crimeans calling on them to boycott the Russian parliamentary elections which Russia is insisting on holding in annexed Crimea. His appeal coincides with a Ukrainian parliamentary resolution asking the international community to join Ukraine in not recognizing the elections in Crimea. | detail

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Kremlin-loyal ‘observers’ arrive to rubberstamp Donbas ‘primaries’ in breach of Minsk Accord

A “delegation of foreign observers from Finland and Serbia” has visited Donetsk as part of an elaborate, if farcical, attempt by the Kremlin-backed militants to bypass the commitments agreed in Minsk for holding local elections | detail

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Ukraine slammed over Party Dictatorship’ Law used to remove inconvenient MPs

A controversial law making it possible to remove candidates from the candidate list after an election has been thoroughly condemned as in breach of international standards by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission | detail

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Dissident MPs lose mandate in new move towards ‘party dictatorship’

Ukraine’s Central Election Commission has complied with a highly contentious move by the bloc of Petro Poroshenko [BPP] and has stripped two Ukrainian MPs of their mandate. The move is especially chilling as one of the MPs Yehor Firsov had left the faction in protest at what he called corruption among the leadership | detail

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Kremlin Donbas Proxy Openly Rejects Minsk Agreement Elections

A key Kremlin-backed leader has stated that he has no intention of implementing the Minsk Agreement and holding elections according to Ukrainian legislation. Western irritation with Ukraine’s supposed failure to come up with a ‘special’ law to enable such elections is therefore unfounded. | detail

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