Mass falsifications in favor of Opposition Bloc candidate recorded on 105th constituency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Members of commission were threatened with physical assault, according to observer Kostyantyn Ryabtsev
17:58, 22 July 2019

Mass falsifications in favor of Opposition Bloc candidate Viktoriya Hryb were recorded on 105th constituency (Luhansk region).  Members of commission were threatened with physical assault, and district election committee was giving papers to people without local registration and to military servicemen. This was reported to by the observer on elections (and trustee of the Opposition Platform – For Life parliamentary from this district Serhiy Medvedchuk) Kostyantyn Ryabtsev.

At first, there were two favorites in this constituency - Serhiy Medvedchuk and a candidate, promoted by DTEK Viktoriya Hryb. As DTEK owns here a power station, they claim that they would fire workers if they do not vote for their candidate and put pressure having started to bribe voters before elections for cash. They simply say - it’s either you vote for us or we would close the power station. Although it is a manipulation, people believe in threats,” Ryabtsev said.

According to him, the situation on the constituency reached its peak. During the day, mass falsifications were recorded. Many acts, claims were drawn up and criminal cases were opened because of violations.

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“Absolutely impossible things were happening, when strangers broke into the district commission when there were manipulations, numerous calls to police and reports on a bomb in the commission etc. Threats, pressure on members of the commission were happening throughout the day. We filmed how a person fled the commission building with a voting paper, as outsiders got into the building at night, observers' attention was distracted to give voting papers to people who did not have the right to vote. The registration was not checked, two voting papers were given to military servicemen instead of one. The flashes of the camera could be seen in booths – voting was taken by the camera. The headquarters of the Opposition Bloc candidate brought strong young men who speak fenya to the site and they were inside the commission building under the guise of journalists and threatened to assault members of commissions, observers, tried to squeeze people out of the site, so that they did not interfere with the falsification of elections,” Ryabtsev said.

He also noted that there is a serious concern that it would be possible to correctly determine the outcome of the election in this district.

“I hope that the law enforcement agencies and the district commission will find out the truth. The claims were written, lawsuits are being prepared, full-scale work is being done to prevent distortion of results,” Ryabtsev summed up.

It should be noted that the front-line district №105 includes Zhovtnevy district, part of Kamianobridsky district of Luhansk, part of Novoaydar district, and has only 9.400 voters. At this point, the regional election commission has processed only 33.3% of protocols as for this moment. According to the latest data, Viktoria Hryb has 375 votes, Serhiy Medvedchuk has 334 votes. Now the district commission stopped counting votes.  

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