Voter turnout in Uzhgorod will be low - experts

15 November 2015 11:40  92109900 0110981
Voter turnout in Uzhgorod will be low - experts

Experts predict a record low turnout in Uzhgorod.

They also assume that many residents of Uzhgorod will come to polls just to spoil ballots.

 The head of the Transcarpathian Institute for Political Studies, sociologist Victor Pashchenko analyzed: "About 10 thousand people voted in the first round for Andriyiv. About 7,000 for Ratushniak. They will come to vote for their candidates again. Plus another 7-10 thousand, many of whom will spoil ballots. So out of more than 90,000 voters, one third will come to the polls, and only about a quarter will actually vote for a candidate."

Ph.D., assistant professor of political science and public administration of UzhNU Ivan Stryapko is sure that bribery cam significantly affect the turnout. "The turnout will be low, but the previous election experience shows that financial incentives can increase turnout dramatically. As for me, both candidates will do everything to encourage their voters using "informal channels". My prediction is that the turnout will be below 50%," - Mr. Stryapko said.

Instead, the candidate of political sciences, lecturer of UzhNU Mykhailo Shelemba believes that three main factors will affect the turnout: "The elections in Uzhgorod will be tense resulting in mutual allegations of violations during the voting by the two candidates. As for the turnout, it will be significantly lower compared with the elections which took place three weeks ago. The reason for this is that, firstly, three weeks ago, voters went to vote not only for the mayor, but also for deputies of the city council and the regional council; secondly, after the October 25 elections, there were many scandals concerning bribery of voters and calls not to participate in the second round; thirdly, the political parties that were elected to the city council, but did not nominate their candidates for the mayor, did not publicly declare their support for any candidate, which confused voters and put them in a situation of choice of the "lesser evil."

Recall that in the second round of the election for the seat of the Mayor of Uzhgorod, Bogdan Andriyiv, who is considered an active participant of the Antimaidan is competing with Serhiy Ratushnyak, known throughout the country for his racist statements.  

Source - Den

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