Medvedchuk: Voters turnout less than 50 percent casts shadow on final results of elections

The politician explained the voter turnout on the elections
21:21, 24 July 2019

Viktor Medvedchuk
112 Agency

The chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk explained the low voter turnout on the snap parliamentary elections on the air of 112 TV channel.

“The first reason is because the elections are in the summer, and the snap elections hardly should have been held at the price as the voter turnout, as it casts a shadow on the legitimacy of the elections. If today, according to the Central Election Committee (CEC), the voter turnout makes 49.73-49.74%, this means that less than half of the voters came to the elections and it automatically tarnishes the final results of the thing that somebody wanted and somebody could do,” the politician said.

He also remembered that many Ukrainians were deprived of the right on expression of will.

“But here we should remember not only about voter turnout, we should remember those who were deprived of the constitutional right to vote – these are millions of citizens of our country, particularly temporary migrants - about 1,500,000 who could not vote. Primarily on majoritarian districts and on single-seat districts. These are the people who work in the Russian Federation, these are 2,5-3 million of them, these are the citizens of Ukraine who are living on the occupied territories,” Medvedchuk said.

According to his counts, the total sum makes about 6-6,5 million Ukrainians who are deprived of the constitutional right to vote.

“That is why we should evaluate and analyze all these factors together and talk about what part of population of our country, of Ukraine’s citizens, was allowed to vote, and after that to talk about voter turnout, the violations that we remembered and other reasons which prevented the right of our citizens on will expression  provided by the Constitution of Ukraine,” the politician added.

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