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 ENEMO registered minor violations during electoral campaign in Ukraine

The European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) began its election observation mission to Ukraine for the Local Elections 2015 on Oct.1 with the arrival of eight core team members to Kyiv. ENEMO additionally deployed 50 longterm observers countrywide to observe and assess the electoral process in their respective regions, for the elections that will be held on Oct. 25, 2015.

Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny

"The recently adopted, new Law on Local Elections brings significant changes to Ukrainian electoral scene, causing concerns whether its provisions will be adequately understood by election contestants and voters, or properly implemented by respective election commissions, given the complexity of the election system being used for the first time in Ukraine," the interim report, published on Saturday, reads.

The new law does not state the maximum deviation on the number of voters per electoral district, while creating boundaries of such districts by relevant TECs (territorial electoral commissions), thus leaving space for potential gerrymandering.

In a number of cases TECs rejected candidates based on inaccuracies in the candidate registration. In majority of these cases, candidates were rejected due to largely politicized composition of TEC members.

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ENEMO said that most violations during the electoral campaigns were related to an early campaigning (before official registration decision of relevant TEC), indirect vote-buying (bribery), placing of posters at forbidden places (public transportation, state institutions, cultural sites), distribution of campaigning materials without proper marking, negative (black) PR and similar violations. Several alleged cases of the abuse of state resources have been reported to ENEMO observers by relevant interlocutors.

A number of cases of violence against certain party activists have been reported in Zaporizhia, Chernihiv, Mykolaiv and other places. Also, political materials and assets of certain candidates were damaged in Sumy, Kharkiv and other cities.

ENEMO urges all relevant state authorities to process such cases and perpetrators efficiently and accordingly, as well as all electoral contestants to restrain from similar actions in the future.

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ENEMO has not received any complaints or concerns regarding the voters' list accuracy. According to latest data, around 30 million voters will be able to vote in the upcoming local elections. Around 1.5 million of internally displaced persons (IDPs) will not be able to vote on 25 October in their current place of refuge.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n357639
 
 
 
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