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OSCE Criticizes Ukraine Elections

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych casts his vote at a polling station in Kyiv during the parliamentary elections.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych casts his vote at a polling station in Kyiv during the parliamentary elections.
By RFE/RL
International election monitors have given a strongly negative assessment of Ukraine's parliamentary vote while ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has gone on hunger strike to protest the manner in which the poll was conducted.

Speaking on October 29 at a press conference in Kyiv, Walburga Habsburg Douglas, the head of the short-term monitoring mission for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), maintained that the vote had dealt a severe setback to Ukraine's democratic gains:

"Considering the abuse of power and the excessive role of money in this election, democratic progress appears to have reversed in Ukraine," she said.

Habsburg Douglas blamed ruling politicians for using administrative resources to influence the outcome of the vote.

She also said the campaign was marked by biased media coverage and a lack of financial transparency.

The Western monitoring groups, which included observer missions from NATO and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), noted relatively few irregularities on voting day.

But monitors criticized the tabulation of the vote count, which they said was conducted privately with no room for impartial oversight.

The vote on October 28 appears likely to hand victory to the ruling Party of Regions of President Viktor Yanukovych.
 
With some 75 percent of the ballots currently counted, the Party of Regions is currently leading with more than 33 percent of the vote.

Batkivshchnya (Fatherland), the party of jailed opposition leader and Yanukovych rival Yulia Tymoshenko, is in second place with around 23 percent.

The Communist Party, traditional allies of the Party of Regions, is in third place with about 14 percent.

UDAR (the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform, or "Punch"), the party of world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, and Svoboda (Freedom) are trailing with around 13 and 9 percent respectively.

'Oligarchization' Of The Election Process

At least one exit poll had earlier shown a closer contest between the two main parties of Yanukovych and Tymoshenko.

Party of Regions officials claim their share of the vote will increase as individual races are tabulated.

Half of the Verkhovna Rada's 450 seats come from party lists. The other half come from single-mandate constituencies.

Ukrainian Prime Minister and leader of the Party of Regions Mykola Azarov said in Kyiv on October 29 that he was confident his party would secure an "overwhelming" win.

Tymoshenko has announced a hunger strike in protest at alleged vote rigging and is reportedly drinking only water.

Her supporters have called for scrutiny in the vote-count for the single-mandate constituencies, which are considered particularly susceptible to fraud.

United Opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk urged election officials to speed up the vote counting and called for the "express will of Ukrainians" to be acknowledged.

The Central Elections Commission is reporting that the Party of Regions is leading or has already won in 117 single-mandate constituencies, with Tymoshenko's party trailing with just 40.

Andreas Gross, the head of the PACE delegation, told reporters that "the great democratic potential of Ukrainian society was not realized" in the vote on October 28.

"Ukrainians deserved better from these elections," he said. "The oligarchization of the whole process meant that citizens lost their ownership of the election process as well as their trust in it."

Monitors called on the Ukrainian Parliament to act as a "role model" as it prepares to assume the rotating chairmanship of the OSCE in two months.

Western officials have called the elections a "litmus test" for the country's political progress.

It's the first major vote for Ukraine since Orange Revolution icon Tymoshenko lost a close presidential vote to Yanukovych in early 2010.

Tymoshenko, who is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for abuse of office, voted from her bed in a hospital where she is receiving medical treatment.

Walburga Habsburg criticized the jail terms handed out to Tymoshenko and her former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, saying "One should not need to go to prison to hear from leading political figures in this country."
 
With reporting by pravda.com.ua and Interfax-Ukraine
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
October 29, 2012 09:50
Here you can find the updated results of the election that took place in Ukraine on Sunday:
http://www.pravda.com.ua/
http://lb.ua/
At any rate, it looks like Yanouk. and his friends did well (35 %), the Communist Party did pretty well as well (about 15 % of the overall vote), and it is also the first time that the extreme right-wing nationalists of Swoboda are entering the Rada (in the Western region of Lemberg/Lwiw they got some 38 %, in the region of Stanislau/Iwano-Frankiwsk - 32 % and in the region of Tarnopol - 29 %).
It looks like the next Parliament is set to be damn amusing, particularly due to the fact that up to now most heavy-weight and musculous sportsmen used to members of the Party of Regions parl. fraction, but from now on Klitschko might pose a serious challenge to them during the times when the parliamentary tribune is being blocked :-)). Maybe he will just combine his professional life as a boxer with his hobby - Parliamentary politics :-)).

by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
October 29, 2012 15:05
4 more years of post-communist cretinism.The red bait seems to be far more effective than the Karachi brain eating amoeba.And the Ukrainians seem obsessed by a rape-wish,voting for a convicted `communist` pro-soviet rapist.Congratulations,eu genio and jack!!!
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
October 29, 2012 15:49
You are saying: "Congratulations,eu genio and jack!!!" Thank you, Camel! And if you have time, please try to look at the following cases: Putin wins in Russia, Nikolic wins in Serbia, Chávez wins in Venezuela, Yanouk. wins in Ukraine, Mischa loses in Georgia, Basescu is on his way out in Romania, the anti-German-Diktat forces did well in Greece in the last parliamentary elections in the Summer.
What do you think, why is it that the pro-US and pro-NATO forces are getting defeated on so many fronts simultaneously?
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
October 30, 2012 05:18
While Eugenio on surface looks sometimes factual,
Look at underwater "turbulence" of the evil Russia:
When a shark-like bists eating-up CIS bodies pile,
One see "laminar" moving heads in blood-kasha.
It isn't "pro-US and pro-Nato forces", but swines.

The Norman-Prussian swines never stopped it,
Neither during Zcarizm, nor during Lenin, even,
When Stalin lead democracy, they secretly did
Purges and all treasonous destractions, mean,
As they where and are - last planed since 1954.

They destroy anybody to fall to their feet, all CIS
And Eastern Europe countries, destroying trade
After they already cut border-lines, more or less,
And if one survive - Russia genocide and annex,
Monopolize stolen gas and oil, squeezing blood.

Countries above influxed by Russia's "hulligans"
And spies agencies of Russia's hate and guns
United as a breeding frenzy of repopulating land
And houses by part-Neanderthals of their bands.
Lied by 1954 pact West plaing it into their hands.

It is why Eugenio and others so comfortably are,
From Austria-Germany and through all America
Provoking USA stupid, thinning US "economika"
And blow leured Yankis, mocking "True Lya Lya"
On USA, East Europe and CIS, for Russian blya.

It should not be "orientations" of free CIS nations,
Skeeming slavery Rashka-Prashka abomination!
USA and NATO should not play it under Rashkas,
To devide "oriented" among British and Prashkas:
Nato for Peace, EU, US against world obliteration!

As for Greece, your anti-German victory of Russia
Is just gesheft between deviding East Europe pigs,
Who get it - excited Eugenio that it is not Prussia?
Simply Greeks and Russian seen as too evil teafs.
Your Venezuela and others helping energy blokade.



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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
October 30, 2012 13:55
`Communism`,dear Eugenio is the most potent pot for the masses,to perephrase a saying by good old Karlo Marx-the funniest of the Marx brothers.The best symbol of democracy is the cup of poison the good old greeks-the inventors of democracy gave bad old Socrates to drink.In 50 years` time maybe you`ll get what I mean,that is if you dont meet the karachi brain eating amoeba which did its trick on poor old Jacko`s joke of a brain.Until then-Venceremos,Viva la Revolucion,Hasta la Victoria,Cuba and North Korea si,yankee no,Chavez for Prezident-of the USA that is and last but not least-LEGALIZE IT !!!
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
October 31, 2012 03:20
Need to add something..
OSCE Criticizes Ukraine Elections-
-this post pushes to think the layman:"What will follow after this criticism and how it will make a difference"..Here we have to tell respected Radio Liberty..that nothing will be..
Criticism from the OSCE is the same as that criticism from camel or Vanka alcoholic after drinking a bottle of vodka "Putinka"
It is a pity that the value of this organization fell to the level of bums and crooks like Jack and camel and their friend from the village"Red Kommunar" drunkard Vanka .....

by: Jack from: US
October 29, 2012 15:36
the vote deemed "undemocratic" by NATO minions as soon as it became clear US stooges and minions have lost ground. Good for humanity

by: Mark from: Victoria
October 29, 2012 16:48
More unintentional comedy from RFE/RL. The sole reason for dissatisfaction with and condemnation of this election is that the party the west would like to see win - Team Tymoshenko - is losing. Were the famous jailbird's party to sweep the election, the election would be acclaimed "the cleanest evah", and "we're just humbled by the majesty of ordinary Ukrainians fulfilling their destiny", and much more drivel in the same vein.

Remember the 2008 elections in Georgia? The same outfit monitored those elections, and found - among other outrages - that the ruling party (headed by Mikheil Saakashvili, in case people are already starting to forget him) was bribing elderly pensioners for their votes with vouchers for free medical equipment and discounted utilities, paid for with state money, buying tractors for farmers (also with state money) and plastering them with Saakashvili posters and using them for displays at rallies, and that police were selectively threatening individuals with dismissal from employment for themselves and family members if they did not vote for Saakashvili. You don't have to take my word for it - it's all here in the OSCE's final report.

http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/georgia/30959

The difference between that election and this one, of course, is that the west wanted Saakashvili to win. Therefore, official government statements like this one

http://usa.mfa.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=595&info_id=49

from the President of the United States reflect that the election "in essence complied with most OSCE directives". Which of course it did not, but that's the way it was reported anyway. Just as this one would have been had Team Tymoshenko dominated.

The "excessive role of money in this election"?? We already mentioned Saakashvili's use of state funds - completely and totally illegal - to buy votes in Georgia. To the OSCE's credit, it reported those practices as violations; western reporters simply chose to ignore it. In addition to that example of rigging, Saakashvili also outspent his next-closest rival by at least three to one. I got your role of money in the election right here.

http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/eav022208b.shtml

Ukraine isn't Georgia, and I'm not claiming any equivalency there. Democratic principles and elections, however, are held to exactly the same rules everywhere. Western reporting just tends to disregard blatant violation of democratic principles and election rules when the preferred party wins, and to make a big stink when it doesn't. The evidence is right in front of your eyes.

As for Tymoshenko going on a hunger strike, don't make me laugh. By lunchtime tomorrow that glass of water will have a chicken leg in it, and she probably has a pizza hidden under the bed.

by: David from: Germany
October 29, 2012 22:35
You might amuse yourselves with all that pro-US/anti-US circus, but the truth is quite stark. In my girlfriend's (not that Eastern) town the governor told the University president to ensure nice tallies for the Blues, the president leant on deans and deans spent the day hunting students and leading them to vote adequately. If you think that this is what the people are longing for, believe me, you have a serious mental problem. If you think that so many average people vote fascist because they're crap, you're stranded in the middle of your anti-Western paranoia. It's not about the West, it's about decent Ukrainian citizens being reduced to cattle once again.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
October 30, 2012 17:23
You are saying: "If you think that so many average people vote fascist because they're crap..." Well, David, in March 1933 some 43 % of the Germans voted for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party: should it make one think that ONLY 43 % of your compatriots are crap :-))? No, of course not, no one thinks so - most people think that the real figure is by any measure much higher :-)).
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by: Jack from: US
October 30, 2012 23:07
I say it is more like 70%. There is something about this number. There is a law of physics which states that in any representative sample 70% are crap. Thus 70% of Germans will support any crime their government commits. Just like 70% of Americans supported their government when it was bombing and killing Christians in Bosnia and Kosovo, while supplying Muslim thugs with weapons and inciting them to more violence against Christians. But the good thing is, the same 70% of Americans are the ones who serve as a cannon fodder for US government, to be slaughtered in Iraq and Afghanistan, 10000+ and counting
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by: Mark from: Victoria
October 30, 2012 18:29
That may well be so, David, but I doubt such instances are enough to sway the vote, and the will of the people is clear. Incidents in which voters are coerced to vote a certain way certainly do happen, in every election, everywhere. Perhaps the "system the people are longing for" is not a democracy at all. The fact remains, undiminished, that the west - by which I mean, principally, the USA and the UK - tolerates in certain circumstances blatant rigging of elections which is specifically pointed out to it by the OSCE, whereas in others it makes a big noise about it and cites the word of the OSCE as if it were holy writ. Why is that, do you think?

Are you suggesting there was no voter coercion in the Orange Revolution that brought pro-western Yushchenko to power? If so, I beg to differ. The Orange Revolution was financially supported by Boris Berezovsky and spearheaded by western NGO's; supporters were bussed in to Kiev from all over Ukraine. Similar behavior on the part of pro-Russian governments brings shrieks of rage from the western media. Another fact; the pro-western government of Yushchenko was a disaster for Ukraine from every angle you chose to look at it. Why the surprise that Ukraine is not ready for another cuddle with the west? There's no "anti-western paranoia" about it - show me one single facet in which the takeover of the Ukrainian government by pro-western reformers was an improvement to the lives of ordinary Ukrainians. Inflation rose steadily under Yushchenko, reached a peak of around 31% in 2008/2009, and is currently in the negative. GDP per capita rose steadily, but GDP growth went hard negative in 2009 by more than 19%, reversing back to positive territory in 2010. How could those conditions coexist? By profligate borrowing, exactly the same as occurred in Georgia under Saakashvili, resulting from another manufactured pro-western "revolution". That rise in per-capita GDP was achieved at the expense of massive borrowing; money that Ukrainians will have to pay back, with interest. See a pattern emerging here, David? Western NGO's help set up a youth protest movement (Kmara in Georgia, Pora in Ukraine), stir up the electorate, get control of exit polling and then claim massive falsification of the vote, forcing a runoff which the pro-western candidate wins. Western interests set up the new western buddy with massive loans and the new leader spends like crazy on domestic projects to generate employment. It didn't work in Georgia, and it didn't work in Ukraine. GDP per capita rose, but growth stalled and the populations were left with a big repayment bill - in Ukraine's case, the IMF refused a second huge multi-billion loan on the grounds that Yushchenko was failing to implement promised austerity measures. Austerity measures were hardly what the people were led to expect from the Orange Revolution, after which milk and honey were expected to flow from every rock.

As I suggested, if Tymoshenko's party had won you would be crowing about the triumph of democracy, and if there was widespread vote-rigging you and everyone else would ignore it, because it would have achieved the desired outcome. This despite the fact that Tymoshenko is a wealthy oligarch in her own right, and totally disassociated from the troubles of her electorate. The west doesn't always know best, David, and its track record in the last 10 years or so has been pretty poor.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
October 30, 2012 10:42
What people want, including Ukrainians in today's life?
They want increase to the salary, improve living conditions...
Unfortunately in Ukraine who would not have come to power, you can not change anything for the better,there is nothing to sell in Ukraine to get extra money...
You can change in Saudi Arabia for example
The king orders his subjects to give more money to his people and they will give more money, because there is a lot of oil.
It seems that more and more Ukrainians understand it, so we see that the Ukrainians are passive.
The main issue in Ukraine now is to release the girl from prison how much can you bully a defenseless woman?
As always we can see that the hypocrites from the West and the U.S. prefer to remain silent OSCE including..
it's time to say that there are no elections in Ukraine and Russia
and will not be.. bandits came to power who have usurped this power...

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