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Curious news on Ukraine's local elections 2020

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Drunk electoral commission head, voting papers in big pots, fake polling stations - we have gathered the most curious cases from Ukraine's electoral process on October 25
21:53, 27 October 2020

local elections in Ukraine (2020)
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At one of the polling station in Dnipro, the voting papers were kept in big pots from a school canteen

The situation could be called rather typical than unusual for elections in Ukraine, this time it took place in Dnipro. The local electoral commission has received too small safes for keeping 5,000 ballot papers.

polling station in Dnipro, the voting papers were kept in big pots
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The chairperson of the election commission turned to her senior institutions with a request to help but received nothing in response. Then the members of the commission decided to act according to the protocol, according to which the ballots should be stored in fireproof containers, so they decided to take big pots from the school cafeteria.

The pots were sealed in the presence of law enforcement officers and placed in a special room along with a safe, they were guarded by the police.

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Related: Zelensky’s poll significantly influences quality, content of local elections

In the Khmelnytsky region, the head of the local polling board came drunk

The police state that in the Khmelnytsky region, the head of the local polling board came drunk to the elections. Nevertheless, an examination in a medical institution showed the presence of 2.8 ppm of alcohol in the man's blood, and this, by the way, is a severe degree of alcohol intoxication.

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The perpetrator now he will have to pay a fine (from 51 to 85 UAH or 2-3 USD).

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In Zhytomyr, at several polling stations, voting booths were made from mud and straw

In Zhytomyr, at several polling stations, the voting process on October 25 began with numerous violations. For example, two polling stations do not have voting booths at all, while others were hastily made from mud and straw.

For example, in one of the sites, which located in the music hall of the kindergarten, there was only one booth, which looked like a screen from a puppet theater.

The person responsible for the situation has already been found. And, of course, the coronavirus is to blame for the failure of TEC members to prepare booths for voters.

The head of the Zhytomyr Territorial Election Commission, Oksana Plis, explained that due to the coronavirus pandemic, "no one wanted to do this," and for a long time, the Zhytomyr Election Commission could not find an executor.

Related: Security Service reports no traces of Russia's interference in local elections

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In the Sumy region, villagers created a fake polling station

In the village of Sosnivka, Konotop district, Sumy region, observers and law enforcement officers found an illegal polling station.

The village is part of the Popovska United Territorial Community (UTG). The illegal plot organizes voting in the village council of the community, which refuses to be part of the UTG.

Local residents were invited to vote at the fake polling station, they mistakenly came to the self-proclaimed site instead of the real one, but there was a low turnout because it was located in the back of the village and nothing happened near it, people did not know where to go, said the chairman of the board of the OPORA civil network.

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Related: Violations during election process could significantly influence results in some united territorial communities

Unused ballots were cut with an ax near Dnipro

In the village of Auly, Dnipropetrovsk region, the local electoral board decided to destroy the unused ballots with an ax.

"In Auly, unused ballots are destroyed in such an original and colorful way! A real feature! This is a tradition!" local social media users assure.

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Related: OSCE/ODIHR reviews this year's local elections in Ukraine

Musical interlude

The leader of the Radical Party, Oleh Lyashko, who has already turned to the National Police and the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine with a demand to open a criminal case on the fact of possible election fraud and bribery of voters in constituency 208 in the Chernihiv region, where he was nominated, released a real hit on the eve of the elections.

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