Archive for the ‘elections’ Category

Amended election law and hysteria – am I missing something?

February 5, 2010

Cats are out of bags, living with dogs and raining down but – for the life of me – I can’t see what all the fuss is about.

OK – changing an election law this close to the election itself is goofy, but it is Ukraine we’re talking about, where political goofiness is the order of the day.

Still, what is the problem?  As I understand it, as long as BYuT delegates to local election commissions actually show up, they’ll take part in the process.  Is there, perhaps, some truth to the PoR allegation that BYuT had planned to withold its delegates, in order to close down the voting process in the east of the country.  Believe me, I’m always willing to be proven wrong, so let me know if I’ve got the wrong end of the stick here.

I suppose one could argue that delegates could be prevented from entering the polling stations, but these are guarded by the MVD, under Lutsenko, a trusted (who on earth knows why) ally of Yulia’s.

No, I just don’t get it.  Seems like a tempest in a teacup to me.

Wait, that’s not a cat metaphor!


NU-NS Defeatism?

September 25, 2007

Kirilenko threatens new election, if the new Rada fails to pass the motion on removing immunity from deputies. Yawn – more elections is hardly what Ukraine needs.

Anyway, the more interesting part is that he addressed this threat to PoR: has NU-NS already come to the conclusion that they have little to look forward to in this election, and that PoR does?

Depressing election possibilities

September 25, 2007

This morning’s Сегодня had a worrying rundown of the techniques we may see used by the losing side (or sides) in the upcoming election. From party scrutineers at the local level refusing to certify results, right up to deputies’ refusal to accept their seats in the Rada.

It’s all eminently possible.

Read it here: