KIEV, September 13 (Itar-Tass) —— The draft state budget for 2012 is to allocate about 800 million hryvnias (about 100 million dollars) for the next parliamentary elections. This sum was laid in the budget by the Finance Ministry, the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) reported on Tuesday.
According to CEC deputy head Andrei Magera, this “sum will be obviously not enough for the preparation and holding of the elections.” He believes that “general expenditures will amount to about 1.25 billion hryvnias (about 156 million dollars).
The parliamentary elections are scheduled for the autumn of 2012. The previous (extraordinary) elections were held in 2007, and the electoral campaign cost the budget 365 million hryvnias, which made, according the hryvnia rate of that time, 75 million dollars. More than 973 million hryvnias were spent on the holding of the presidential elections in early 2010.
The CEC recalled that 226 polling stations and 34,000 electoral commissions, at which 12-24 people will work, are to be created to hold the elections. “These 800 million hryvnias envisaged in the budget won’t be enough even for paying wages. The reduction of the costs is not reasonable,” Magera stressed.
Deputies of the Supreme Rada will begin to consider the draft state budget for 2012 on September 15.