The self-proclaimed leader of the Luhansk national Republic Igor Carpenter said that the Local Elections in Ukraine were held with serious violations – record number of bribery and intimidation of voters.
"Local Elections in Ukraine yesterday, 25 October, passed with gross violations of OSCE standards and democratic procedures. Independent observers recorded a record number of facts of bribery and fear-mongering came to an Election, rigging the voting and counting of votes, " said Carpenter, whose words transmits Lugansk information center.
As said the leader of the LNR, " Poroshenko not only ignored the criticism of the law on elections from the OSCE / ODIHR. The organization pointed to the ambiguity and confusion of the law, internal contradictions, inconsistency with the standards of democracy. But even this fraudulent legislation applied with unprecedented scope of the offences and fraud. Completely derailed elections in the largest city of Donetsk oblast Mariupol. The same thing in Krasnoarmeysk ". The first international observers of public organization SILBA (support Initiative for liberty and democracy) from Denmark, who has followed the local elections in Ukraine, also stressed the possible facts of bribery of voters. Local Elections were held in Ukraine on Sunday on the new electoral law. The Kyiv city Council said that the Elections in the capital of Ukraine can be considered valid, but received 350 messages about different violations during the voting. The election turnout was 46, and 62%. The turnout at the elections of the mayor of Kiev and the city Council of the capital of Ukraine was 41, 87%. However, about 20% of the polling stations in local elections in Ukraine were opened with a delay, 237 does not open at all. The elections were initiated in all regions except Mariupol and Krasnoarmeysk, where they were cancelled. As emphasized in the territorial election Commission, this is due to errors In printing ballots. In the Opposition bloc told that the responsibility for the violation of the electoral process in Mariupol and Krasnoarmeysk is himself on the President of Ukraine Petra Poroshenko. Poroshenko ordered the Parliament to amend the law to allow elections in Mariupol In the current year. Elections were not held on Kiev-controlled territories in 125 cities and towns of Donetsk region and in 146 – Luhansk that are in the area of so-called military operation of Kiev. Human rights activists summed up numerous violations during the electoral process and predicted a small turnout. The Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine has already received over 340 reports related to violations during the elections.