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21 October 2014 Євген Василенко Зведений інформаційний портрет кандидатів за партійними списками   На продовження теми про зведені інформаційні портрети кандидатів у депутати на позачергових парламентських виборах 26 жовтня 2014 року ОПОРА склала зведений нарис кандидатів із виборчих списків партій.    

08 October 2014 Євген Василенко Joint information portrait of majoritarian candidates This article is based on information about majoritarian candidates, published on website of the CEC. As long as average citizens cannot analyze all the data, we created a joint information portrait of parliamentary candidates.   

05 October 2014 Івона Юрковська Чому українські вибори в кілька разів дорожчі, ніж у Польщі? Прозорість та контроль над фінансуванням політики (у тому числі й передвиборчих кампаній) - це один с елементів справді демократичної системи, це також одна зі складових, яка творить довіру суспільства до політиків. Власне, проблема прозорого фінансування політики існує, в більшій або меншій мірі, майже в усій Європі.   

 
Today, on 21 October, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine conducted a conference call concerning investigation of violations related to the election process during early parliamentary elections scheduled for 26 October 2014, and cooperation with NGOs. The Minister of Internal Affair Arsen Avakov, higher officials of the MIA, and representatives of the Civil Network OPORA participated in the conference. Olha Aivazovska, Electoral and Parliamentary Programs Coordinator at the Civil Network OPORA emphasized that qualitative and real cooperation between law-enforcement bodies and OPORA observers are must for minimization of violations during preparation and conduct of Parliamentary elections on 26 October.  
 
On 19 October in Troieshchyna district of Kyiv (ED #215, Desnianskyi raion) observer of Civil Network OPORA, journalist of the Tochka OPORY newspaper, was assaulted by representatives of a self-nominated candidate Viktor Kondratenko, member of the UDAR party. The observer was beaten, kept in a micro bus and threatened with a Kalashnikov rifle.  
 

Despite candidates and parties bribe voters and misuse administrative resources less than in 2012[1], the reported incidents show that many candidates are ready to gain the victory by illegal means. OPORA has already detected [2]63 incidents having features of voter bribery and 35 incidents characterized as misuse of administrative resources during the official election process. As long as the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine related to strengthening liability for violation of citizen voting rights only in the end of election campaign (10/14/2014), candidates can avoid responsibility for violations that are already committed. Thus, OPORA calls the President of Ukraine to urgently sign amendments to the Criminal Code in order to prevent violations on the last days of campaign, the voting day, during vote tabulation, and determination of election results in districts.  
 
Overall, formation of election commissions went without major violations and within the time limits prescribed by the law. Preparations for the election remain persistently difficult in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, where formation of PECs is not completed in some constituencies due to the constant armed aggression on the part of pro-Russian terroristic groups.  
 

Despite the scale of voter bribery and misuse of administrative resources is not as wide as in 2012, these violations remain major issues of the election process in Ukraine.   
 
Only 7 of 21 districts in Donetsk oblast and 6 of 11 districts in Luhansk oblast have almost completed the procedures, related to the formation of PECs. Precinct election commissions (PECs) are still not formed in some districts of Donbas due to the constant armed aggression of pro-Russian terrorist groups. Nevertheless, PECs were formed without major violations and within time constraints established by the law on the whole territory of Ukraine. With the exception of some incidents (in Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr, Lviv, and Kharkiv oblasts), district election commissions didn't hinder legitimate activities of civic observers. In general, procedural violations and abuses, reported by observers of CN OPORA, were not systematic or planned.  
 
Observers of Civil Network OPORA report that their right to observe the election process is restricted by DEC members, what becomes a systemic issue.    
 
  Liudmyla Babenko, a proxy of MP candidate Nataliia Bahmut (nominated in ED #97), wrote a letter to Electoral Programs Coordinator at Civil Network OPORA in Kyiv oblast Ruslana Velychko. The author of letter wrote: "It seems that those "jurists" who helped you to prepare the material published on OPORA's site were either drunk or smoked strong narcotic substance. You should throw this "jurist" out neck and crop."    
 

Traditionally, OPORA consult voters and active citizens on mechanisms for protection of their voting rights. Hotline phone consultations at +38 (044)221-44-06 and +38 (094)821-44-06 provide full information about the change of voting location, inclusion into the voter list, realization of voting rights for people with disabilities, and reporting of electoral violations. Documented violations will be displayed on the Map of violations "2014 Parliamentary elections".  
 

13 жовтня відбулася прес-конференція Віце-прем’єр-міністра України – Міністра регіонального розвитку, будівництва та житлово-комунального господарства Володимира Гройсмана та Реанімаційного пакету реформ на тему нагальної потреби прийняття Верховною Радою України пакету законів з децентралізації.    
 
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Ірина Швець
10 April 2014
Кілька місяців тому партія незалежних висунула мою кандидатуру на посаду губернатора великого штату Нью-Йорк проти кандидатур містера Джона Т. Сміта і містера Бленка Дж. Бленка. Я невиразно відчував, що в мене є одна важлива перевага перед цими добродіями, а саме - моя незаплямована репутація.

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