5 reasons why Transcarpathians are not going to vote
The Committee of Voters of Ukraine in the westernmost region, based on previous data from PECs, DECs and observers, records lower turnout compared to the 2014 presidential election that took place last spring.
There are a number of both national and regional factors that affect voter turnout in Transcarpathia, likely, downward, that has already been recorded as of 11:00-12:00, Sunday, October 26.
The first factor: short duration of the campaign, even compared to the presidential election, that is not enough time for working with voters.
The second factor: Large amount of mudslinging in the last week of the election campaign, instead of substantive arguments from political parties
The third factor: In 5 of the 6 constituencies of Transcarpathia, there is virtually no intrigue as to winners, therefore that determined the lack of competition at constituencies, mobilization of voters for certain candidates in certain location, etc.
The fourth factor: Virtual absence of administrative resources on these election in Transcarpathia - the technology, using which so-called government employees and social workers could have been mobilized. The situation is similar with the technology of vote-buying, which is unlikely to be used anywhere in Transcarpathia, except Uzhgorod constituency.
The fifth factor: This early parliamentary election will only slightly change Transcarpathian representation in the Parliament, that is this election is not as crucial as the presidential one was, or even the last parliamentary election, when there was the struggle between the ruling Party of Regions and the United Center as a key alternative.