Election watchdog slams law enabling exclusion of candidates after election

Unless the law is revoked, parties will be able to change the order of candidates on the candidate lists after votes have already been cast. | detail

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So will anybody answer for the non-election fiasco in Mariupol?

The head of the OPORA election watchdog warns that the elections sabotaged in Mariupol and Krasnoarmiysk on Sunday cannot be repeated before the New Year. Who was to blame should be the subject of a criminal investigation. | detail

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Why must Ukrainians fight for their right to vote?

With the local elections due in October, speed is critical in passing one of three bills now tabled in parliament to rectify the current situation which prevents people forced to leave their homes in Crimea or Donbas from voting. | detail

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‘Radical Party’ MP & sponsor ‘forgot’ to declare a luxury apartment in Paris

An MP and sponsor of the populist Radical Party which came to power promising to radically combat corruption has concealed ownership of a flat in the centre of Paris worth well over a million EUR. If this is an embarrassment, so too should be the news of the Radical Party’s strange electoral bedfellows in the Kherson oblast. | detail

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The West should not legitimize illegitimate, Kremlin-backed elections in Donbas

Militant leaders have refused to recognize Ukraine’s Law on Local Elections, and have now banned any Ukrainian media from covering the ‘elections’ they have scheduled in breach of Ukrainian law. They have also imposed restrictions enabling them to prevent any real electoral choice. | detail

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Election watchdog criticizes authorities over flawed mid-term election

OPORA sees the main problem as being the failure of the authorities to fulfil their obligation and prevent infringements. | detail

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Conflicting exit polls and numerous infringements in mid-term elections

Election watchdogs OPORA and the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] have reported fake journalists, titushki, or paid thugs at polling stations, and other irregularities in the mid-term election at the Chernihiv No. 205 single mandate electoral district | detail

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Displaced by Russian aggression, now stripped of right to vote

The law on local elections just passed deprives the huge number of displaced people in Ukraine of the right to cast their vote in the elections due in October this year | detail

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Surreal battle of old and new members at Donetsk electoral commission

The Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] and OPORA report that scandal continues over Donetsk oblast electoral district No. 59, where abnormal turnout and ballot stuffing were reported on Election Day | detail

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Peace, lustration, economic prosperity – what the public voted for

According to the results of the National Exit Poll, almost half (46%) of those who voted on Oct 26 believe the main priorities to be achieving peace and ensuring that the country is able to defend itself. 25% saw lustration and overcoming corruption as a priority, while 19.5% mentioned resolution of economic issues as of primary importance. | detail

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Crimean Tatars ignored in Ukraine’s new parliament

Members of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative-executive assembly have expressed disillusionment over the failure by Ukrainian political parties to ensure that Crimean Tatars are represented in the new Ukrainian parliament | detail

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CVU: Electoral reform must be part of any coalition agreement

The Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] stresses the need for an electoral code and properly held local elections before any decentralization can be carried out | detail

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Russia’s Right Sector Fever and its Victims

Russian media response to the galling failure by Ukrainian voters to provide any indication of a descent into ‘fascism’ was predictable: they shouted louder. In the meantime at least 7 people remain in detention on absurd ‘Right Sector plot’ charges. | detail

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Significant number of ‘new’ MPs voted in Jan 16 dictatorial laws

Despite active campaigning to ensure that voters knew which MPs voted for the Jan laws aimed at crushing peaceful protest, freedom of speech and civil society in general, it is claimed that around 65 MPs who voted for them have been re-elected | detail

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CVU: serious concerns over at least 2 single mandate constituencies

The Committee of Voters of Ukraine believes the elections should be declared invalid in the Kirovohrad oblast No. 102 single mandate constituency where former secretary of the Kyiv City Council Oles Dovhy is in the lead | detail

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Fighting stops vote count in Donetsk oblast

This was the first report of shelling since voting began on Sunday, however the conflict took its toll on the elections in the Donetsk oblast with only around 42% able to vote | detail

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Ukrainian voters drive off ‘carousel’ vote-riggers

Voting is underway in Ukraine and against all odds appears to be going reasonably well. Small but welcome indicators are a wonderful response from responsible voters in Dubno, the fact that the websites of the 2 main election watchdogs have not been subjected to DDoS attacks. The police are also reporting electoral irregularities, not implicated in them as they were in 2012 | detail

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Dangerous war heroes on Ukraine’s political scene

A number of candidates are likely to enter parliament because of their role in defending Ukraine against Russian aggression. Unfortunately there are some whose political background makes their possible victory on a wave of support for war heroes of serious concern | detail

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45% in Donetsk oblast will not vote

According to the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] 1.5 million people in the Donetsk oblast (45%) will not take part in the parliamentary elections on Oct 26. In the Luhansk oblast people in the territory bordering on the zone of fighting are frightened to vote. | detail

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Thousands of soldiers prevented from voting

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has failed to introduce amendments to electoral legislation which would have enabled military servicemen from the ATO zone to vote in the elections | detail

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