The Association of "Civilian oversight" States That local elections in Ukraine on Sunday held with mass violations, and the small turnout is expected, said Last news co-chair of the Association for protection of electoral rights Alexander Brod.
"Civilian oversight" is the monitoring of events through its partner NGOs in Ukraine, private specialists, correspondents.
"I can say That we did not expect high-quality open democratic elections, due to The fact That in Ukraine the last 2 years have seen persistent violations of human rights, persecution of opposition, restrict media freedom," said Ford.
according to him, the specialists of the Association during the electoral campaign and the preparations for these elections have already recorded violations. For example, it is unreasonable refusals to register candidates from the opposition, persecution of registered candidates, the limit of their tolerance in the media, attempting to discredit, attack, beatings, cases of obstacles to the work of election commissions from radical organizations, bribery of voters.
according to Ford, the culmination of the violations was the day of the election." Today, as you know, in Mariupol not opened polling stations in Ivano-Frankivsk part of the polling stations fixed for the removal of observers in Odessa, there are treatment violations in Kiev, there are already cases when the heads of election commissions refuse to work and write a message for dismissal. We have scanned elections very problematic, " explained co-chair of the Association.
As to the turnout in Kiev, there is interest in local elections, in other areas less, He said." I don't think That will be a big turnout because the people are cornered, in the rules of financial and economic hardship, the turmoil of the political elites. Citizens understand That as long as will be the Supreme power in the hands of this particular group of people, and at the regional municipal level, nothing will change, for this reason I am convinced That these elections in Ukraine will not change, will not improve the political and economic climate in the country ", - said Brod.
the specialist said That Today in Ukraine there are many international observers, however, it is not able to provide them security. He cited the example of the case of the observer from Britain, which, according to media reports, was robbed at the airport.
"anyway, we observed That the West and international bodies have turned a blind eye to human rights violations in Ukraine, and I think That for these elections they will be very loyal, but I will say again That these elections - elections they are for the elite, for only those who are loyal to the current government of Ukraine ignores the interest of voters and the opposition," said Ford.