Various statements by marginal presidential candidates about thelikely electoral fraud are aimed to create a background for theirpost-election information campaigns and lawsuits, the leader of theYedyny Tsentr Viktor Baloha said Nov. 24. Source zik.com.ua
Alarming declarations about the likely vote rigging directly point toorganizational weaknesses of some candidates as the law allows forreliable barriers against any electoral fraud. For instance, anypresidential candidate can send his 2 representatives to sit on localand regional electoral commissions, appoint observers to keep an eye onvoting and counting of ballots. Proxies of candidates who have wideauthority can also supervise the course of the voting.
“These representative must have absolute trust of their patron.Everything depends on the correct choice of a candidate andprofessional level of his team,” Baloha summed up.
Other effective barriers to electoral fraud are the Central ElectionCommission [whose members are appointed by major parliamentary partieson a quota principle] and numerous international observers. Mass mediaand NGOs, notably, the Committee of Voters of Ukraine, will also beeffective in helping to curb fraud.
Of great importance forestablishing the final tally are also exit polls run by respectedpolling companies.
“There are more than enough supervisory tools, as you see, and theywill all be used during the campaign. All the more so that there are 18presidential candidates, some having considerable weight. That is whyany declarations about the likely fraud are just attempts to justify adefeat of those who make them. Note that those candidates who areselling themselves as strong-willed and tough are most given to suchdeclarations. In fact, such declarations expose them as would-be losersand outsiders,” Baloha added.