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Ukraine opposition to find election results invalid at extraordinary congress

November 04, 2012, 16:13 UTC+3

On Sunday, the Ukrainian CEC suspended the vote count until Monday

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KIEV, November 4 (Itar-Tass) —— The united opposition party Batkivshchina is planning to hold an extraordinary congress on Monday or Tuesday. One item is high on the agenda of an upcoming congress that is to find the October 28 parliamentary elections valid or invalid, one of the opposition leaders Anatoly Gritsenko said on Sunday.

Amid alleged massive falsifications of the election results “it is proposed to annul the party list and the list from the majority constituencies in order not to work in the newly elected Verkhovna Rada.” “Otherwise, the opposition is losing trust of people, who supported us,” Gritsenko stated. He noted that head of the united opposition council Arseny Yatsenyuk, head of its election staff Alexander Turchinov and several other well-known representatives of this political force called for a congress. The consultations on this issue continue with the heads of the regional branches of the opposition, said Gritsenko, who occupied the post of the Ukrainian defence minister in 2005-2007.

On Monday, the opposition will convene its supporters for a rally in front of the building of the Ukrainian Central Elections Commission “against the falsifications of the election results,” the press service of the Front of Changes Party reported. This party is incorporated in the united opposition and its leader Arseny Yatsenyuk heads the council of this opposition.

“The Ukrainian state authorities are falsifying blatantly the election results in the constituencies, where the candidates from the opposition are leading. To rig the election results in favour of the candidates from the state authorities the voting results of tens of thousands of people are cancelled without any trials and investigation, the election documentation is being destroyed,” the press service said. The opposition urges its supporters and “all people who are not indifferent to the fate of the country to come to the Ukrainian CEC building and protect their choice.”

On Sunday, the Ukrainian CEC suspended the vote count until Monday. The CEC will resume its meeting at 13:00 Moscow time on November 5. According to the results of 99.9% protocols processed in the multi-seat election constituency and posted on the website of the Ukrainian CEC, the Party of Regions gained 30% of votes, the united opposition party Batkivshchina polled 25.52%, UDAR – 13.95% and the Communist Party – 13.18%, Svoboda – 10.44% of votes. The announcement of the election results is delayed over the conflict situations between the candidates, their election staffs and representatives of the support groups, as well as the legal actions, which prevented the winners from emerging in several one-seat constituencies.

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