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Election campaign begins in problem electoral districts


The formal election campaign began on Wednesday in the five electoral districts where there were such problems following the parliamentary elections that the Central Election Commission decided to ask for a re-run.  The elections were held in October 2012, and the ruling majority has been in no hurry to schedule the re-vote.  The re-elections were, however, demanded by the EU as part of the election conditions for the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and are now set for 15 December.  One candidate, Viktor Romanyuk, will be standing from Italy where he has been living since very questionable criminal proceedings were initiated against him following the elections (see Win the elections or end up imprisoned?)

No. 94 (Obukhiv, Kyiv oblast)

United Opposition candidate Viktor Romanyuk was in the lead, however a court allowed a number of suits from Party of the Regions candidate Tetyana Zasukha.  The Administrative Court of Appeal agreed to declare void the results of voting at 28 polling stations where Romanyuk held the lead, and the district election commission [DEC] announced Tetyana Zasukha, wife of the former Governor of the oblast the winner. Viktor Romanyuk is presently in Italy with an arrest warrant awaiting him if he returns to Ukraine.

No. 132 (Pervomaisk, Mykolaiv oblast)

After 100% of the votes had been counted and the CEC site had informed that Batkivshchyna (United Opposition) candidate Arkady Kornatsky had won, this changed, and the Deputy Governor and member of the Party of the Regions, Vitaly Travyanko was announced the winner. Representatives of the opposition candidate assert that they have evidence that the change occurred because votes of other candidates were counted as being for Travyanko. 

There was also a storm of the DEC by Berkut riot police who took away both the head of the DEC and the protocols (see, for example,

No. 194 (Cherkasy)

Batkivshchyna candidate Mykola Bulatetsky vs. Independent Valentina Zhukovska,

No. 197 (Kaniv, Cherkasy oblast)

Batkivshchyna candidate Leonid Datsenko vs. (nominally) independent Bohdan Hubsky (see, for example,  Cherkasy election district results remain in limbo

No. 223 (Kyiv)

Battle between VO Svoboda candidate Yury Levchenko and independent Viktor Pylypyshyn

The CEC resolution stated that the elections in the 5 districts named had not been held in accordance with the Constitution and the Law on the Parliamentary Elections, and that the CEC was therefore unable to reliably establish the real outcome of the voting.

On Wednesday the election watchdog OPORA announced that it was launching a major monitoring campaign in all five districts.  It reported that more than 600 of its monitors would run parallel vote tabulation and observe proceedings on Election Day.


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