Transcarpathians can protect their votes and report election law violations
In Transcarpathia, as well as in Ukraine in general, a hotline "Protect Your Voice" opened which every conscious citizen can call to and report violations during the election campaign and the actual election.
The relevance of the hotline, as well as the launch of the "Map of monitoring" project was discussed today during a press conference at the press center "Transcarpathia".
"Elections are gradually approaching to the final stage and it is marked with a large number of events of a different nature. In order the elections to be fair and transparent, there must be active control of citizens. This prompted us to expand the activities that resulted in the opening of the hotline "Protect your voice" and creating of interactive "Map of violations" - said the coordinator of the campaign for monitoring parliamentary elections 2012 from OPORA in Transcarpathian region Sviatoslav Babila. The activist said the hot line number: 0-800-505-180 and noted that all calls are free.
The campaign "Protect Your Voice" will be held in all constituencies: activists of OPORA will be spreading leaflets on election law violations, use stickers with coordinates of the interactive "Map of violations." Through interactive map any citizen can report the detected violation and see "what is going on in a particular district, locality," said the coordinator from OPORA Volodymyr Feskov.
The information about violations will be verified by observers. Activists will respond on notifications promptly, the information will be verified in just a few hours.
According to OPORA activists, the "Map of monitoring" will allow to assess how elections meet international standards.
The interactive "Map of violations" is a kind of experiment, because it is done for the first time in Ukraine. Prior attempts to create similar maps were made in Russia and the Balkans. According to Volodymyr Feskov, activists do not expect "hundreds of messages every day, but even 5-6 such messages mean a lot." "Ukrainians, unfortunately, often underestimate their level of activity, and we are sure that the map accessible for everyone may work. We hope that at the next election such things will become habitual and will be improved", - said Volodymyr Feskov.
Address of the interactive map - www.map.oporaua.org
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