KIEV, October 25. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Opposition Bloc party said on Sunday it has won at the local elections in the Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa and Nikolayev regions.
"We have improved our standing as compared with the previous elections. We have won in six regions and improved our positions in six more regions, primarily in central Ukraine, as compared with the 2014 elections," Opposition Bloc leader Yuri Boiko said at a briefing.
He said the situation in the Kharkov region, where the party’s candidates had not been registered for participation in the elections in cities and villages, was "a serious trial." He said the party would not recognize election results in those settlements where its representatives had been denied registration and would request court to announce those elections invalid.
The Opposition Bloc leader said the country had never seen such "dirty and problem elections." "The authorities made use of the entire spectrum of violations: administrative pressure, police pressure on Opposition Bloc candidates, vote buying," he said.
In his words, the "record-breaking" turnout of 35% demonstrated that "people do not believe the authorities."
Apart from that, he said the cancellation of elections in Mariupol was a real tragedy. "We will appeal to the international community about this fact, since it is a blatant case. We will initiate a bill in the parliament to hold elections in Mariupol and Krasnoarmeisk. We will insist the lawmakers pass it as soon as possible. And those responsible for frustrating the elections are to be called answerable," Boiko stressed.