Those saying the elections are over are mistaken. Yes, the voting part is finished. But the counting of votes is basically just starting. A number of plurality districts are in the center of attention of the press, the public and, hopefully, international observers. Despite statements by government officials that the elections were fair and open international observers, OSCE, PACE, the European Parliament and the United States took the opposite view. The most used line in their statements is a "step back". "Parliamentary elections of October 28 were characterized by an insufficient level of competition, the causes of which was mainly administrative resource abuse, lack of transparency in campaign and party funding, as well as an imbalance in media," says the report of the international mission of OSCE observers.
Head of the long-term OSCE observer mission Audrey Glover gave a very precise description to the events: "You should understand that the elections are much more than a single day of voting. Yes, the day went well but it does not mean that the elections in general can be called good as well. As soon as we went from counting ballots to summarizing and compiling protocols the situation worsened."
Particularly bad-looking in terms of vote counting are Kyiv oblast and the capital itself. In Kyiv the Regions are suffering a crushing defeat in the plurality districts. While Azarov, Tigipko and Herman being put on forced smiles and talk of a confident victory and in several districts of the capital the Regions blatantly use illegal methods in the struggle with the opposition.
One of the regime's main technologies at the present moment is blocking the vote counting process in the districts where the Regions clearly lost. They also stake on the human factor - many commission members have to sit in lines for days on end, sleeping on the floor, suffering various many inconveniences, not being able to officially deliver the ballots. The goal is that many may simply not be able to sustain such physical and emotional stress.
District 214 is witnessing the Titanic-like sinking of Oles Dovgyy. When it was reported that he is losing to the opposition candidate, Dovgyy was still leading according to the CEC data. When Udar's candidate overtook former Kyiv mayor's teammate he panicked and ran for help to Bankovaya (Presidential Administration). "Dovgyy is broken. He went to the Presidential Administration. And they did not extend support. They told him that it is his problem," said the Ukrainian Pravda's source. According to information available, Dovgyy is losing over 4,000 votes to Chumak.
This morning it was reported that in the 214 and 216 (where opposition's Kseniya Lyapina is winning Oleksandr Suprunenko) election districts of Dniprovskyy district of Kyiv they had to re-count the ballots. Since night 155 sites have been waiting for their boxes with ballots to be finally accepted. The line stretched out on three floors up. The participants suspected that the process was artificially dragged. Similar or the same situations happened in other districts. For example, in 217 district, where a opposition's Oleksander Bryhynets is confidently leading for a long time only 3% of the ballots remained counted. Only after drawing the public's attention to the district the vote count was resumed. In 215 district Kyiv city council secretary Galyna Gerega is desperately fighting for a deputy's chair who is still slightly ahead of Svoboda's Ilenko, according to the CEC. Precinct commission members are waiting in line for the transmission of election results. "Gerega's victory is not happening, we have all the data with wet seal ... And due to the fact that she does not win we are being held," said the deputy chairman of the district commission 342 Stefanova. Since last night the counting of votes in 223 district where Victor Pylypyshyn is (according to preliminary data) is slightly (around 3%) leading the race against Svoboda representative Yuriy Levchenko.
Wild situation is in 197 election district in Cherkassy oblast. The count is a little over 17% of the votes (a unique result itself) and though preliminary results show the victory of pro-government candidate Bohdan Gubskyy, the count was stopped. Yesterday Mykola Tomenko stated that Cherkassy HQ of the United opposition has information from 144 stations out of 146. According to this information, the coordinator of the Council of the opposition forces in Cherkassy oblast Leonid Datsenko receives 28,302 votes and wins Bohdan Gubsky by a margin of 4,922 votes. At the same time, according to Kanev district HQ of Batkivschyna United opposition, yesterday officials and law enforcement headed by Cherkassy governor Serhiy Tulub were pulled into the Kaniv city for 'help'.
Also unpredictable are the events unfolding in yet another scandalous district - number 95. Anatoliy Hrytsenko wrote on his Facebook page that the opposition candidate is winning over infamous Regions deputy Melnyk. "I am going back to Irpin now where our candidate Kutovyy is crushing their 'general' Melnyk with a margin of 6,000 votes. Melnyk has no chance under these conditions and the Regions will have to abandon him. But Udar candidate is now making a commotion - he is in the second place falling behind by 4,000 votes," wrote Hrytsenko. According to him, the work of the district election commission is being deliberately blocked by people of 'athletic physique'. Yesterday all kinds of hell was raised in the district - from the fight between journalists and certain young people to an incredible leap by Melnyk from 3rd to 1st place.
In Vinnytsya it all came to outright crime. When it became clear that the elections will be won by the opposition candidate a district election commission was set on fire as well as opposition's lawyer was beat up...
In this and other districts the opposition will have to defend its results. The power will be delaying the vote count in the troubled districts on one hand and frantically search for the slightest opportunity to distort the results of the elections in its favor on the other. Whether they can do it will depend not only on the opposition but also on members of the election commissions. However, if the election are already a step back in the event of further fraud and falsification of results it will be considered as two steps back. With this peculiar moon-walk we can step on the rake left by Alexander Lukashenko, and be stuck with elections not recognized by Europe.