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 Regions Deputy to Commission Members: You Need to Become More Insolent, Rough, and Do What the Party Asks You to Do

The head of Simferopol Party of Regions HQ, Simferopol city council deputy Boris Frotman held a meeting of district commission members of the Regions and friendly projects where he announced a detailed plan of winning in the first district.

NR released an audio recording of Frotman's speech in front of 200 people including coordinators, curators, and so-called leading troikas in district commissions as well as ordinary members of 23 commissions (you can download audio file here).

In his speech Frotman acknowledges that it will be harder to ensure victory in these elections compared to the previous ones because of the new law on Elections of People's Deputies. "In the past elections we initially had the majority in all commission and we resolved matters quickly and simply," noted the head of headquarters.

However, the Party of Regions could not secure control over commissions due to the drawing mechanism.

"Initially we don't have the majority in district commissions… That is why we need to organize our work in such way that in any case we get the results that our party, the Party of Regions demands from us. The work is hard and the tasks I will set for you will be a little unusual for you."

(In the end of the speech Frotman will explain the huge number of commission members in the auditorium despite the small number of the Regions representatives: "We are from different parties but everybody here are our people and there are not ours")

He explained in every commission there is a so-called leading troika consisting of the most loyal people.

"Despite their position - chairman, deputy chairman, secretary or regular member there are three people in every commission that will lead it. Moreover, there is a curator who manages 4-5 commissions at once, who is a HQ representative. And his orders are to be followed as if they were my own," stressed Frotman.

After that he conducted a roll-call of the troikas and ordered to exclude those not present and substitute them. The measures are explained by a high responsibility for results set for his HQ.

"These strict rules will be in effect for three and a half weeks. In these 20 days we need to become more patient, brave, insolent, tough, and do what the party asked us to do. And there is no other way," said the deputy.

He explained that there are two ways to ensure a loyal majority in commissions: be friends with the communists and achieve a decrease of the number of commission members by excluding opponents.

"First way: we can cooperate with members of the commission who represent the Communist Party of Ukraine. There is usually one or two of them… Just talk to them. They already got the orders to be friends with us. If some of them are not all there and does not listen to you, you need to immediately inform me through a curator. I will make sure that they will become your friends. On the whole, if you take our part in the commission together with the communists then we already have the majority in most commissions. This majority is thin though. And that means that if even one of you does not come we will lose this majority," said Frotman.

At the same time the head of HQ said that the opponents need to be pressured.

"As to other commission members. They are all good and clean but they are all from the parties of our foes. And they are all doing their job. May be you will meet one of your friends there that you can cooperate with - then you need to tell your curator about it," instructed Frotman.

According to him, the strategic mission of the commission members "to keep the majority and make the number of members smaller. This is the mission set by the Party's Central Committee!" said Frotman loudly.

He stated that right now all members who have not taken the oath need to be kicked out. And then go on to pressuring opponents. He reminded that according to article 157 of the Criminal Code ignoring the commission's work by its member is punished by a fine of 5,250 to 8,750 UAH (650-1,100 USD) or up to 2 years of incarceration.

And this is the article that Frotman recommended to use and mention as much as possible. The absence of any commission member in 2 meetings should be followed a complaint to a higher commission, a claim to the Prosecutor's Office and a friendly talk with the absentee offering him to resign by filing a corresponding application which will then be transferred to the Party of Regions HQ.

"You need to warn them: 'I will put you in prison. We have Frotman, he is one crazy bastard. Just put a stamp for him. Some will believe, some won't. But we do not need to discard ten people. One-two-three is enough - we will have the majority," said Boris Frotman.

"Just explain to them acting friendly: 'Go away and the sooner the better. Frotman will not put everyone behind bars but two-three - definitely. Are you sure it is not gonna be you?" the deputy praises himself.

'Alien' commission chairmen are easily dismissed, thinks Frotman.

"Next stage: alien chairman proposes a matter - it is not supported in voting, another matter - not supported again. The question arises: is the chairman conducting his duty if he cannot resolve any matters? No, he can't. The same article of the Criminal Code comes in handy: he is no conducting his duty, he cannot resolve anything and then he will either make a deal with you or you will file complaints about him/her. This is a small, dirty and heavy little trick but I have to explain it to you because without it we cannot get the majority I the commissions."

Then Frotman stressed on the necessity of ensuring high turn out by bringing people and (which is not illegal) and easy registration of applications for voting at home. "If one of our opponents sees that there are many of those and there will be MANY…" Frotman advised to verify them by phone.

Boris Frotman also explained the coordination of efforts in a district on the voting day: coordinators wearing Press badges control everything outside the commission and maintain communication with HQ, the curators gather information directly from troikas."

"All curators have the badges of South Capital newspaper (official newspaper of Simferopol city council). All coordinators have the badges of the Crimea-Region (official newspaper of the Crimea cell of the Party of Regions). These are our newspapers. That is why work with them. Any information they ask - give it to them," stressed the head of Simferopol Party of Regions HQ.

He then goes on describing the commission members' steps as instructed by law and shares experiences from the previous elections.

The meeting ends with promises of salaries to all engaged in the period from October 30 to November 1.

 
 
 
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