Members of district election commission #90 have found a way to detect stuffed and probably falsified ballots. We remind that today, in the PEC #2601416 in Kuty (Kosivskyi raion), observers detected that the voter threw in more than one ballot paper. Oleh Melnyk, the Head of DEC #90, told OPORA that all ballot papers will be put under the ultraviolet light.

"As long as we all are interested in conduction if fair and transparent elections, we'll try to find there ballot papers with the help of ultraviolet light, used to screen money in supermarkets. The thing is, the paint, which is used for printing ballots is under special protection, which can be detected under ultraviolet light. According to news agencies, ballot boxes were staffed all over Ukraine today. I don't know how they are going to detect these ballots, but we will do it in our way. The most important is to prevent falsifications. Thu, we'll have to screen all ballot papers in this polling station", - Oleh Melnyk explained.

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Ivan Maruniak
Electoral Programs Coordinator of Civil Network OPORA in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast
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Civic monitoring conducted by OPORA - is a type of network activity, aimed at impartial assessment of the preparation and conduct of elections, as well as preventing electoral violations through comprehensive civic action.

Since March, OPORA conducts a wide observation campaign during snap Presidential election, interim Parliamentary elections (district #83), and special local elections. The organization cooperates with 175 long-term observers, who are watching the course of election campaign in all Ukrainian regions. On the Election Day on May 25, 3,000 activists will join them to conduct the parallel vote tabulation, based on statistical sample.