"OPORA" told about violations of election laws in Transcarpathia
On the eve of election day, October 28, coordinators of the campaign for election monitoring from civic network "OPORA" in Transcarpathia Svyatoslav Babilya and Volodymyr Feskov summed up the violations of the election laws in the region. Information about violations has been collected for 4 months - a long-term observers were working in each of the six constituencies.
Thus, during this period, "OPORA" detected 22 cases of the use of administrative resources in Transcarpathia. Among the most noticable cases is the use of organizational resources, i.e. local executive bodies. In particular, said Svyatoslav Babilya, local authorities were forced to arrange for meetings with deputies from the Party of Regions, who campaigned in the region.
In addition, candidates used their positions as an excuse to meet with voters and campaigning. Thus, September 1, there was the opening of the sports ground in Hudlyovo that turned the day of knowledge into propaganda event of the Party of Regions. The sports ground was decorated with flags of the party, and the children were given party symbols. The opening was attended by the governor O. Ledyda and pro-regime candidate V. Kovacs.
"OPORA" has recorded 18 cases of bribery of voters in the region. Although there is little evidence of direct bribery, indirect bribery was extremely common.
There were detected 16 cases of preventing the agitation. Specifically, August 9 UDAR reported that the head of the party district headquarters had been approached by the head of the district state administration, who said that the woman must leave the party or write a letter of resignation. There were cases of destruction of campaigning materials. Almost all parties reported that their boards were destroyed and torn down.
There were 9 cases and violations of campaigning. There were several facts of black PR.
Furthermore, "OPORA" observed one case of pressure on candidates by the law enforcement - resuming of the case against Pavlo Chuchka, and one case of obstruction of the media - demanding accreditation and a passport for the meeting with Viktor Yushchenko.