Freedom of speech in Ukraine: journalists are forced to keep silent
The actions of those in power regarding criminal prosecutions against Left Bank [LB.ua] and TVi show that they don’t need independent media, particularly with the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Luhansk region: Voters regaled with goodies and campaigning leaflet
The election watchdog OPORA notes that since 18 July pensioners in Luhansk have been receiving food parcels from potential parliamentary candidate from single-mandate electoral district No. 109 Volodymyr Medyanik
Whose money is the government using to advertise itself?
Iryna Chupivska and Viktoria Syumar from the Institute for Mass Information write that the elections are already underway, as can be seen by widespread bribery of voters through various gifts and “social initiatives”, as well as in the covert advertising in the media
Donetsk Party of the Regions candidates may use children for campaigning
The Mayor of Donetsk Oleksandr Lukyanenko has announced that named Party of the Regions MPs will be financing the gifts for first year school students Day of Knowledge which the City Council gives out each year
Tax police search business belonging to relatives of a likely parliamentary candidate
Election monitors report that on 19 July tax police carried out a search of the real estate firm Yarud Nerukhomist which bellows to the family of the head of the Mariupol branch of the Batkivshchyna Party, Oleksandr Yaroshenko.
CVU Map of Electoral Infringements in the Kherson Region
Committee of Voters of Ukraine long-term observers have drawn up a map plotting out infringements during the election campaign in single-mandate electoral districts of the Kherson region
Kherson CVU predicts problems with election organization in steppe districts
The logic behind division of electoral districts has led to some in the Kherson region covering an area larger than Lebanon or Luxembourg, making the scope for electoral infringements huge
Role of new “social workers” in Zhytomyr region questioned
The opposition believe that the employment of 299 people to implement the government’s “social initiatives” is for the aim of election campaigning at the public’s expense
CVU condemns politically motivated verdict against Volodymyr Struk
The Luhansk Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine views the sentence passed on 17 July against Volodymyr Struk to be politically motivated. Its real aim is to prevent a popular politician from taking part in the parliamentary elections
Cherkasy Regional Administration begins hyping up President’s “social initiatives”
As reported, on 13 March the State Broadcasting Committee sent a letter to regional TRC telling them as a matter of urgency to broadcast special programmes from 15 March explaining President Yanukovych’s “social initiatives”.
Committee of Voters journalist refused accreditation for Party of the Regions conference
Dementiy Bily, member of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] and Editor of the Kherson CVU newspaper Vilny Vybir [Free Choice] was on 13 July refused accreditation to cover the Kherson regional Party of the Regions conference.
Cherkasy police attempt illegal search of opposition headquarters
The police officers say that the search is aimed at identifying and removing money obtained by criminal means. They had no search warrant.
OPORA unimpressed by CCTV innovation at polling stations
The proposed video surveillance at polling stations cannot be a serious impediment to infringements during the parliamentary elections both because of the the lack of specific detail in the law, and the technical parameters of the proposed system
Food parcels and Russian as State language – illicit campaigning in Kharkiv
OPORA reports that food parcels are being handed out by a Party of the Regions candidate from State schools in the area, and with recipients invited to sign a letter to the President asking for Russian to be made an official State language
Dangerous attack on Committee of Voters journalist
Anatoly Tiora, correspondent of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] Odessa regional publication IzbirKom, believes that the two men who hurled four Molotov cocktails at his home in Kotovsk planned to burn the house down, together with its inhabitants
Administrative Resource – a Threat to Honest Elections
OPORA warns that administrative resources are being used by certain potential electoral players in order to artificially reduce the level of political competition in the country
Police interference in the electoral process
The Luhansk Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] sees the most negative trend in June to be an increase in the number of cases of interference by the police in the activities of likely parliamentary election candidates
Fair Play and Ukrainian Parliament
One of the core democratic values which the civic campaign CHESNO is insisting on is personal voting by MPs. It is receiving considerable opposition across the party divide in a parliament where at least one billionaire MP has not voted in person for at least two years
Human Rights Activist Rimma Bilotserkivska to defy (wrong) court order
The head of a Severodonetsk NGO and likely candidate in this year’s parliamentary elections has no intention of attending a court which has no jurisdiction over her case and stresses that the Prosecutor has ample evidence of falsification of the case against her