News with tag “Elections”
- November 13, 2012
Kyiv, November 13, 2012.As a result of the recent elections in Ukraine, five political parties made it to the parliament. The final results were published today by the parliament’s official daily. The currently ruling Party of Regions will have 185 representatives in the parliament. Oppositionist party Batkivshchyna (leader – Yulia Tymoshenko) received 101 seats. The newcomer UDAR, headed by the world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, got 40 seats, far right Svoboda – 37, the Communist Party of Ukraine – 32. Another 43 MPs do not represent any political party, while seven deputies will advocate for minor parties.
- November 8, 2012
Kyiv, November 8, 2012. Though Ukrainian parliamentary elections on October 28 weren’t perfect, their results indicated that the election campaign turned out to be of democratic nature, said the Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and the official observer from the UK John Whittingdale. He highlighted the fact that two new political parties made it to the parliament.
- November 7, 2012
Kyiv, November 7, 2012. The parliamentary elections in Ukraine of October 28, 2012, were better than the ones in other post-Soviet countries the European Parliament (EP) has observed. This was stated by the head of the European Parliament Observer Mission in Ukraine MEP Pawel Kowal at the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting. This year’s elections in Ukraine, however, were worse than the 2010 presidential vote, pointed out Kowal.
- October 30, 2012
Kyiv, October 30, 2012. U.S. Department of State highlighted positive and negative trends of the parliamentary elections in Ukraine on October 28th, including peaceful voting procedure and problems with the use of administrative resource. The statement was released by the institution on October 29th.
- October 29, 2012
Kyiv, October 29, 2012. International observers recognized Ukraine’s parliamentary elections of October 28, 2012, as fair, transparent and democratic. The head of the European Parliament Observer Mission in Ukraine MEP Pavel Kowal believes that the elections can stimulate the signing of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, reported Unian.
- October 29, 2012
Kyiv, October 29, 2012. On October 28th, 2012, Ukrainian citizens elected their representatives to the parliament of the country. As soon as the voting ended at 8 p.m. the results of five exit polls were made public. The deputy head of the Central Election Committee of Ukraine Andriy Mahera stated that official results will be available by November 12th or earlier.
- October 26, 2012
Kyiv, October 26, 2012. CIS-EMO, one of the international non-governmental organizations observing the Ukrainian parliamentary elections, announced it will be using an advanced mathematical model to detect any violations of the standards of fair and free voting procedure in the country. The model allows for effective fraud detection and will provide scientifically valid conclusions regarding the legitimacy of the elections.
- October 23, 2012
Kyiv, October 23, 2012. On October 22nd the Central Election Committee of Ukraine registered the final batch of 666 international observers for the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, which will take place on October 28th. The total number of foreign monitors reached 3,797 persons – they represent 28 countries and 35 international non-governmental organizations. Moreover, more than 130,000 domestic observers will also work at the elections.
- October 18, 2012
Kyiv, October 18, 2012. With a little over a week left until the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, the ruling Party of Regions seemed to be confident in getting the majority of seats in the Verkhovna Rada, reported the British news source The Economist. Current Ukrainian President’s party is likely to gain control over two-thirds of the parliament due to the recent introduction of the mixed proportional and majority electoral systems, reads the British media.
- October 17, 2012
Kyiv, October 16, 2012. In an unprecedented attempt to allow broad public to monitor the course of elections in Ukraine, the government provided all 33,755 polling stations with webcameras. The devices will broadcast the video from the polling stations online – live on the day of the parliamentary elections, October 28th. “Ukraine is open to all the observers willing to monitor elections”, added the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov.
- October 12, 2012
Kyiv, October 12, 2012. “The significant lack of political pluralism on television is very worrisome and requires immediate action to define clear procedures for media to ensure a balanced coverage”, reads with reference to Ukraine the joint statement by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, and Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy.
- October 9, 2012
Kyiv, October 9, 2012. The Central Election Commission of Ukraine registered 972 international observers for the October 28, 2012, parliamentary elections. Observers from 11 countries (including U.S., Canada, Japan, and the EU) along with the representatives of 20 international organizations will monitor the course of the elections in Ukraine.
- October 5, 2012
Kyiv, October 5, 2012. Ukrainian Party of Regions (political party which currently has a majority vote in the parliament – Ed.) holds the largest support at 25 percent among Ukrainian citizens, according to the poll conducted by GfK NOP research company. The second positions with 17 percent support belongs to the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR) – headed by Ukrianian professional heavyweight boxer Vitaliy Klitchko. The national poll was conducted among 3,352 residents on September 12-27, 2012.
- September 26, 2012
Kyiv, September 26, 2012. Holding free and democratic parliamentary elections in Ukraine on October 28, 2012, will give a new impetus for the development of Ukraine-USA relations, as well as stimulate Ukraine’s affairs with the EU. This was stated by Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych in New York City, USA, at the meeting with international press.
- September 17, 2012
Kyiv, September 17, 2012. “Whoever becomes the President of the United States, they both would not doubt the importance of relation with Ukraine”, said Condoleezza Rice to one of the Ukrainian TV channels ICTV. Such statement was released when the former U.S. Secretary of State visited Ukraine for the annual Yalta European Strategy meeting on Sep. 12-16, 2012. “In any case Ukraine may count on a special place in American politics”, she noted.
- August 29, 2012
Kyiv, August 29, 2012. The President of Ukraine (2005 – 2010) Viktor Yushchenko expressed an opinion that the parliamentary elections, to be held in Ukraine on October 28th, would be largely fair. Yushchenko made this statement in an interview with Segodnya, when asked whether the Ukrainian nation would go out in the streets to protest against the results of the elections.
- August 29, 2012
Kyiv, August 29, 2012. The European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) has launched their observation campaign in Ukraine. 18 teams of the network representatives have already started working all around the country, according to the head of the mission Peter Navotny. Overall, ENEMO plans to provide 400 short-term observers to monitor Ukrainian parliamentary elections of October 28, 2012.
- August 10, 2012
Kyiv, August 10, 2012. Canada will provide 500 observers to work at the parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Such was the joint statement released today by the top Canadian officials. The group from Canada will help assess the credibility of the October 28, 2012, elections in Ukraine. “In recognition of our [Ukraine-Canada] special relationship we are pleased to support this democratic process,” said Canadian MP Ted Opitz.
- July 6, 2012
Kyiv, July 6, 2012. The parliament of Ukraine adopted a law providing for open, transparent, and democratic parliamentary elections on October 28th, 2012. The parliament ruled to equip most polling stations with web-cameras, broadcasting the signal from the stations online.
- April 10, 2012
Kyiv, April 10, 2012. The Constitutional Court of Ukraine resolved that the right to run both for the party and single-member constituency seats, introduced by the new election law, contradicted the Constitution of Ukraine. This article of the law violates the key democratic principle of universal suffrage.
- December 8, 2011
Kyiv, December 8, 2011. “Domestic and foreign experts participated in the developing of the new law [on the parliamentary elections in Ukraine – ed.], it meets global democratic standard and honors respective international commitments,” stated the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych today while signing the law regulating parliamentary elections in Ukraine passed by the parliament on November 17, 2011.
- November 18, 2011
Kyiv, November 18, 2011. A law regulating parliamentary elections in Ukraine has been passed by the parliament late on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Members of all political parties represented in the legislative body voted for the law. The new election law reestablished mixed electoral system in Ukraine with election threshold set at 5 percent. To-date, the parliament has been elected through proportional vote with 3 percent threshold. The new law brings back the mixed electoral system with 225 MPs being elected through party lists and 225 MPs – through single-member constituencies.
- June 10, 2011
Kyiv, June 10, 2010. The recently amended Ukrainian draft law on elections is ready to be presented to the Venice Commission. The statement was made by Ukraine’s leader at the meeting with Gianni Buquicchio, the President of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission.
- November 8, 2010
Kyiv, November 8, 2010. Having evaluated the results of the local authority elections last week, Ukrainian leadership has decided to make several steps towards improving the national election legislation. The main goal of the measures initiated last week was to consider the evaluations of the international observers and to make sure that the draw-backs of the current elections are not repeated.
- November 2, 2010
Kyiv, 2 November, 2010. Ukraine is in need of a qualitatively new law on elections. This notion was suggested by the leader of the Front for Change (Front Zmin) political party Arseniy Yatseniuk after the local elections in Ukraine onOctober 31.
- November 1, 2010
Kyiv, 1 November, 2010. Yesterday there were local and regional elections held in Ukraine. Ukrainian opposition party Motherland (Batkyvshchina) plans to challenge in court the results of the local and regional elections in several regions stated the deputy head of the party Mykola Tomenko.
- October 28, 2010
Kyiv, 28 October 2010. Local authority elections in Ukraine will be monitored by more than 2 thousands of international and national observers. The Prime Minister of Ukraine assured that Ukrainian government by all means encourages foreign observers to supervise the course of upcoming elections.
- October 21, 2010
Kyiv, 21 October 2010. The President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych announced he will hold a meeting with the representatives of the opposition parties to ensure the transparency of the October 31 local elections. This statement from the Ukrainian Head of State came today during his meeting with the governors of Ukraine’s regions devoted to the upcoming local elections. Mr Yanukovych stressed that the executive power must not interfere with the electoral process and that it has a duty to assist all political forces without exception.