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Ukraine’s opposition politician calls for holding runoff election

November 06, 2012, 21:01 UTC+3
The Verkhovna Rada, the national parliament issued a recommendation to the CEC to appoint runoff elections in five single-mandate precincts
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Photi ITAR-TASS

KIEV, November 6 (Itar-Tass) – Runoff parliamentary election in Ukraine should be nationwide, as “there isn’t a single precinct where no attempts forge the results were registered,” the international boxing champion Vitaly Klichko, who presides over the UDAR opposition party, said Tuesday.

“The /October 28/ election was indecent and international observers, European institutes and the Ukrainians themselves” have come up with an appropriate assessment of the electoral campaign, Klichko said.

Recognition of the impossibility of establishing the veritable results of voting in five precincts by the country’s Central Electoral Commission and a decision to hold a runoff there means “the CEC has de facto admitted the presence of manipulations and falsifications there.”

That is why the runoff “should be held not only in those precincts,” Klichko said.

“We could possibly consider a new election across the entire country – the one that will be held under a new electoral law rather than the old law that enable manipulations in single-mandate precincts,” he said.

He added that one can file petitions with courts “until doomsday” and get the get the decisions dictated from above as a result.

“We must hold an election under a new law, on open party tickets,” Klichko said.

Earlier in the day, the Verkhovna Rada, the national parliament issued a recommendation to the CEC to appoint runoff elections in five single-mandate precincts. The recommendation answered an own request submitted by the CEC itself previously.

The recommendation recommends holding the runoff in one precinct in the Kiev and Nikolayev regions and in the capital city of Kiev, as well as in two precincts in the Cherkassy region.

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