Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

OPORA: CCTV at polling stations a mark of façade democracy

While President Yanukovych asserts that video cameras at polling stations will prove that the coming elections are transparent and elections, analysts and opposition members say that they create pretence while avoiding the real sources of rigging | detail

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ENEMO criticizes lack of transparency in Ukrainian elections

The Observation Mission for the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations has expressed concern over the non-transparent work of district electoral commissions and a large number of changes of members of precinct electoral commissions. | detail

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OPORA slams lack of transparency on candidate expenses

Monitoring suggests that neither candidates nor parties are upfront about the sources and amounts of their funding, making illicit forms of influence on the election outcome worryingly easy to achieve | detail

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Fake CVU leaflets used to spread defamatory information

Another case of fake leaflets has been reported, this time in the Kakhovska single-mandate electoral district No. 185 with the material purporting to be from the Committee of Voters of Ukraine | detail

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Mass withdrawal of supposed candidates

Analysts note that some of the candidates are withdrawing because they have powerful rivals, some because they were technical candidates who have already served their purpose. | detail

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More electoral commission shenanigans

The CEC has appointed (and for the second time) a person to an electoral commission as representing the Union of Anarchists who in 2010 led an electoral commission representing Viktor Yanukovych. | detail

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Mailis Reps: The problem must be resolved

In an interview given to the newspaper by Mailis Reps, the Co-Rapporteur on Ukraine spoke of the politically motivated cases against members of the opposition, the yet to be kept commitment to resolve the situation given by President Yanukovych, concerns about the elections and more. | detail

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Criminal investigation into attack on Tetyana Chornovol

The Lviv Regional Police have announced that a criminal investigation has been initiated into the violence against journalist and parliamentary candidate Tetyana Chornovol | detail

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Sociologists warn of lack of specialists to hold exit polls

The Director of the Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the President of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology warn that there are not enough professional sociologists in Ukraine to run exit polls at all 225 single-mandate electoral districts | detail

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Journalist parliamentary candidate assaulted

Tetyana Chornovil, a well-known journalist who is standing for parliament in a single-mandate electoral district (from the United Opposition) was beaten on Saturday while trying to find out the origin of fake leaflets purporting to be from her | detail

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OPORA: 525 infringements of electoral legislation in September

OPORA states that “as a result of wide-scale use of administrative resources in favour of certain parties and candidates, the possibilities for competitive and open political struggle between election players is extremely restricted | detail

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Chernivtsi school – overt political campaigning for Party of the Regions candidate

OPORA reports that on 26 September in the village of Konovka, Chernivtsi oblast, they found a Party of the Regions flag on the local school as well as Party of the Regions campaigining material in support of Artem Semenyuk | detail

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Party of the Regions fails to close popular Rivne weekly

The Rivne District Administrative Court has rejected a civil suit from the Party of the Regions which demanded that the court prohibit issue of the newspaper “Rivne Vechirnye | detail

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Luhansk regional court bans newspaper “Our Choice” until end of elections

The court’s reasons seem disturbingly trivial and the “repeat” infringement would seem to have occurred because the respondents had not been informed of previous rulings. | detail

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CVU reports Luhansk police interference in electoral process

A parliamentary candidate has been prevented from attending a meeting of voters because the police threatened to detain him for holding an unauthorized gathering. | detail

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Surge of dodgy „public opinion surveys”

Iryna Bekeshkina, Director of the Democratic Initiatives Foundation says that the situation is worse than during previous elections in that earlier such dodgy “studies” were not reported by leading television channels. | detail

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CVU criticizes process for forming precinct electoral commissions

The Central Election Commission’s change of the Rules of Procedure for running the draw led to certain election players being deprived of representation on electoral commissions and the appointment to PEC of a considerable number of people who do not have the relevant training | detail

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Elections in the Crimea: Black PR and bribing the voters

The Crimean Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine reports widespread use of black PR methods, manipulation of information and bribing of voters. Unfortunately the election campaign in the Crimea stands out from the rest of Ukraine for another reason | detail

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ENEMO: Video the vote count as well

In an interview given to TV Channel 5, Peter Novotny, Head of the Observation Mission for the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations spoke of the use of video cameras and of a number of infringements already detected | detail

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Memorandum on standards of coverage of election campaign

Internews Ukraine and the Institute for the Development of the Regional Press have drawn up a Memorandum on Standards of Coverage of the Election Campaign and invite other journalists to join them | detail

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