“Maidan Monitoring: Election-2012”: election fraud and violations were systematic. Society, observers and courts to decide if this fraud influenced the results

Oct 29th, 2012 | By | Category: Editor's Choice, Election 2012, In Depth, News, Ukraine

29th October 2012. “Maidan Monitoring: Election-2012” team announced, that current data from Ukraine’s polling stations suggests that fraud and violations in parliamentary election in Ukraine were systematic in nature. Team of the project that started monitoring violations of electoral law on June 9th has previously warned that district and local election commissions wouldn’t be formed according to law.

Administrative pressure was systemically used for bribing of voters and manipulations. On numerous occasions social projects funded by the state budget (taxpayers money) were portrayed as achievements of certain candidates – renovation of roads, construction of playgrounds, provision of computres for schools and more.

“Maidan Monitoring: Electon-2012” teams believes that obvious systemic violations were detected and detailed on the day of vote. Large number of polling stations wouldn’t have signs clearly saying that the process ofvoting in the booths wasn’t recorded on video – although this was demanded by CEC. In Crimea the abovementioned signs were totally absent.

«Voters could feel pressure because of presence of web-cameras during voting”, – says Maidan Monitoring chief Natalka Zubar. – Other that that, huge number of polling stations wouldn’t grant voters access to protocols detailing results of the vote. That allows for suspicion that election commissions wanted to hide something».

“Facts show a general tendency toward obstruction of voters right to elect in an environment free of coercion.Voters were pressured during campaign and were thwarted from freely forming their choice. Manipulation andpressuring of voters into certain choices were a part of this tendency. It’s now up to observers and – if necessary – courts to decide whether abovementioned events influenced the results of the parliamentary election. Finally it’s the public that will give the election final evaluation and accept or reject the results”, – says Maidan Monitoring’ law advisor, PhD in Law, Oleksand Severyn.

Conclusive statements based on results of monitoring will be issued after final analysis of all collected data. “Maidan Monitoring” plans to publish a thorough report on violations during election campaign.

As of present, interactive crowd-sourced map created by “Maidan” and available at http://maidan.org.ua/vybory2012 details 1471 reports on violations of electoral law.

Webcamera right over the voting booth in Dergachi near Kharkiv

 

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