KIEV, October 22. /TASS/. The council of Ukraine’s ruling parliamentary coalition has asked the Central Election Commission to print a new consignment of ballots for the forthcoming local elections in the western city of Ternopil and in Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, Oleg Berezyukna, the chairman of the Samopomich party caucus in the Verkhovna Rada told a news briefing on Thursday.
"Forgery of electoral documents is taking place in some cities," he said. "In part, the forging of documents has been registered in Mariupol and a crude act of forgery has taken place in Ternopil. It involved the printing of excessive ballots. A criminal case has been instituted."
"That is why the Coalition Council gathered earlier today and decided to ask the CEC to print a new supply of ballots in these cities as the original ballots have lost validity," Berezyukna said.
Experts of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU) indicate that the purchasing of votes has proved to be a rather expensive venture, as the cost of the transaction ranges from 10,000 to 100,000 hrivnyas in small towns and 600,000 hrivnyas in big cities.
Research also shows that one Ukrainian in seven is ready to sell his or her vote at local elections and almost a third of those polled said they would indulge in dodging - they would accept aid from the candidates but would stick to their own choices at the polling stations.
A total of 74% of those polled said they would refuse to vote for money under any circumstances.
As many as 6% Ukrainians said they would be ready to vote for a philanthropist candidate who would reward them with buckwheat.
Experts also said 46.6% of those polled said they would come to the polls on October 25 at all costs while another 27.5% said they would go there "in most probability.
The number of those who said they would not go there "most likely" and "certainly" was practically the same - 10.2% and 10.4% respectively.