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UWC calls for an end to delays in vote tabulation in highly contested single mandate districts

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November 1,2012 151
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UWC International Election Observation Mission to the 2012 Parliamentary Election in Ukraine




November 1, 2012

                                                                                                                                  




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



UKRAINIAN WORLD CONGRESS CALLS FOR AN END TO DELAYS IN VOTE TABULATION IN HIGHLY CONTESTED SINGLE MANDATE DISTRICTS




Kyiv, Ukraine – The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has determined that extensive delays in vote tabulation in a number of closely contested single mandate electoral districts are associated with manipulation and questionable reporting.

 


The UWC noted that, after three days of tabulating votes at the District Election Commission (DEC) level, several competitive races were still undecided. In other electoral districts, where results were disclosed after long delays, there are significant discrepancies between the data posted on the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) website and official protocols filed by the Precinct Election Commissions.

 


The UWC is also concerned that official election observers are being excluded from many DEC proceedings in Kyiv and are having difficulties obtaining copies of protocols in highly contested single mandate electoral districts.

 


The UWC calls upon the CEC to investigate undue delays in the tabulation of votes. The UWC also underscores the fact that, in accordance with international practice, official election observers must be allowed unhindered access to all proceedings and receive copies of all protocols. The UWC Election Observer Mission expects Ukrainian officials to focus on the satisfactory resolution of problems occurring in these still contested electoral districts.

 


UWC observers continue to monitor and report on the situation.






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