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Observers register vote-buying at Ukraine's presidential polls

May 25, 2014, 17:23 UTC+3 KIEV
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry reported that 19 violations had been registered as of 12:00 p.m. local time
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KIEV, May 25. /ITAR-TASS/. International observers have noted facts of vote-buying at the Ukrainian presidential elections in the Dnipropetrovsk region in central Ukraine, observer from the International Commission on Human Rights Rafal Martin Wasik said on Sunday.

“We have registered the fact of vote-buying in the village of Alekseyevka of the Nikopolsky district in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Some people were offering electors 100 hryvnias each for voting for one of the presidential candidates,” Wasik said.

The international observers who registered this violation called the local police and passed the evidence they had collected to the law-enforcers, he said.

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry reported that 19 violations had been registered as of 12:00 p.m. local time.

These elections are being held in a tense atmosphere and the top-priority task for the new president will be the soonest establishing of peace in the country. Serhiy Tihipko Verkhovna Rada deputy, presidential candidate Ukrainians are voting on Sunday at the early presidential elections after President Viktor Yanukovych left the country in late February. The elections are taking place amid Kiev’s continued punitive operation in the east of the country.

Voting at the Ukraine's presidential elections is not taking place in the eastern cities of Sloviansk, Donetsk and Luhansk over failure to deliver ballot papers to these areas, Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission spokesperson Konstantin Khivrenko said on Sunday.

The eastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions held referendums on May 11, in which most voters supported independence from Ukraine. This happened due to an unstable political situation in Ukraine after a coup in the country three months ago.

Ukraine has been in turmoil after the coup, which occurred in February. New people were brought to power amid riots, as Yanukovych had to leave the country the same month citing security concerns. The new Ukrainian leaders in Kiev set early presidential elections for May 25.

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