The management of the region met with the Vice Consul of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine
The delegation of the United States is interested in the election process in Transcarpathia. On Wednesday, October 8, the head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Vasyl Hubal met with the vice-consul of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Robert Scott.
The diplomat was interested in preparation for the election. The head of the region told Mr. Scott, that in his opinion people are not ready for such a rapid process - there is not enough time. However, he said: "As far I know, not getting involved in electoral matters, all constituencies in the region are ready and commissions have been formed."
Vasyl Hubal predicts that the turnout on the early parliamentary election will be lower than that on the presidential election, he told the diplomat why: "Political pressure was higher, and more people wanted to entrust the candidates changes in the state, so that activity is not going to be exceeded." Also the representative of the United States asked whether IDPs from the East would be able to vote in the region. Vasily Hubal informed that people who were forced to move from the eastern regions have the information on how to register, and opportunities to do so.
The head of Transcarpathia talked with the Vice Consul about new political forces, about the relationships of politicians during the election process, the collaboration of the government and NGOs in the preparation for the election, as well as the reason for the relatively large number of votes for the Party of Regions in the last parliamentary elections. Vasyl Hubal answering this said that in three of the six constituencies the ruling party was able to gain significant number of votes primarily because of administrative resources and vote buying. Robert Scott asked about the ways to counter frauds in the electoral process. Vasyl Hubal said that he had appealed to countrymen - activists, participants of the electoral process, law enforcement, journalists, observers and voters - asking the community to be watchful and prevent, record and counteract violations of law. Robert Scott was interested to hear the prediction of the head of the region on the results of the election. However, Vasyl Hubal, stressing that as the head of the RSA he must not interfere in the process even commenting on such things, only said that he hoped that residents of the region would make honest and wise choice: "I hope that this election will show that our people are ready to analyze and choose wisely".