Report of OPORA on observation results of 17 July 2016 parliamentary by-election in Ukraine (03.07.2016 – 14.07.2016)
Parliamentary by-election campaign in Ukraine is quite competitive, and offers a range of political alternatives for the voters to choose from. At the same time, the correlation of active and inactive candidates shows that so-called technical candidates prevail in number over the real ones. These technical candidates played an important role in formation of PECs and, therefore, mutual oversight of election participants in this commissions is hazarded.
STATEMENT OF THE CIVIL NETWORK OPORA ON PRELIMINARY OBSERVATION RESULTS OF 17 JULY 2016 PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION IN UKRAINE
A number of violations detected in districts; the issue with PEC members wasn't settled in SMD #114
OPORA's observers reported a number of violations from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Although not wide-scale, most of them prove that electoral subjects grossly violated the law.
Issuance of ballot papers without passport verification – the most widespread violation as of 12:00 PM
As of 12:00 PM, observers of the Civil Network OPORA reported some non-systematic violations. For example, there were many incidents when ballot papers were issued without passport verification. Thus, observers detected such violations at 6 polling stations in Volyn, Poltava and Chernihiv oblasts.
The election launched in accordance with the law, but violations are present – OPORA
Based on the reports of OPORA's observers, preparatory meetings and beginning of the voting process in 17 July 2016 parliamentary by-election in Ukraine occurred in accordance with the law and in a calm atmosphere. The voters are able to vote at any polling station without hindrance. However, there were some organizational difficulties and conflicts at some PECs.
Results of the voting day in parliamentary by-elections: which district was the most eventful?
On Monday, 18 July, at 11:30 a.m., in the UNIAN Information Agency (4 Khreshatyk St., Kyiv), Civil Network OPORA will cover the course of election day in parliamentary by-election in seven single-mandate districts on its press-conference. OPORA's representatives will summarize the election day observation findings and tell about the most typical violations and incidents at election precincts. Experts will also analyze the functioning of bodies and institutions responsible for election admini...
Key challenges at the final stage of by-election campaign in seven districts
Speaking about the major trends of parliamentary by-election in 7 districts, we should mention that so-called technical candidates prevail in number over the real candidates. Besides that, visits of national politicians to electoral districts, incidents of indirect bribery and misuse of administrative resources became more frequent as the election day gets closer.