President ordered law-enforcement agencies to immediately investigate into delays of ballot counting

17:20, 01 October 2007
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Eastern and southern Oblasts holding their results?

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko has ordered law-enforcement agencies to immediately investigate into the reasons of delaying the calculation of votes at the early parliamentary election in Ukraine.

According to the President’s address to the Ukrainian nation, forwarded to UNIAN by the President’s press-office, Victor Yushchenko said:“Ukraine’s snap parliamentary election has come to an end. This fact is our common victory. Only half a year ago, a constitutional coup was being masterminded by the former coalition to usurp power by stifling and twisting the will of the people”. 

"We have protected the right of the people to choose their fate. As head of state, I appreciate the fact that my position and my confidence in the achievability of changes was supported by people everywhere", the President`s address reads.

 

According to Victor Yushchenko, the key challenge now is to determine the final results of the election.  "I am worried by delays in ballot counting in Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions, especially in the Donetsk, Lugansk and Odesa regions and in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. This process is apparently being dragged out.

I demand that the Central Election Commission and the Prosecutor General’s Office give comprehensive explanations. I order law enforcement bodies to immediately start an investigation into the causes and circumstances of the delays in the sending of original protocols", he said. 

"I would like to say clearly to those political forces that hope to get into parliament through manipulations: words and actions will not be at variance and falsifiers will be punished. Do not challenge the law and your own fate. It will be impossible to change the actual choice of the people. I firmly believe in consolidation and victory of Ukrainian democracy", reads the President`s web site.

As of 15.44, CEC received and process the least number of voting protocols from Crimea (55.78%), Luhansk Oblast (56.82%), Kyiv (57.58%), Sevastopol (52.40%), Odessa Oblast (66.41%), and Donetsk Oblast (67.39%).

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