Statement by Yulia Tymoshenko regarding changes to presidential election law

Dear compatriots!

Several hour ago an extraordinary events took place in theVerkhovna Rada. Three days to the elections, the presidential electionlaw was amended, thus fully destroying the presidential elections –making them fraudulent, dishonest and uncontrollable.

This was done because Yanukovych doesn’t believe in his victory, and wants to achieve this result only through fraud.

Until these unacceptable changes were made, election commissionswere formed on a parity principle – half of the commission representingYanukovych, and the other half me. And this gave hope that the resultswould be monitored and controlled.

However, the amendments to the law, which were made in violation ofall parliamentary rules, essentially destroyed parliamentarism andequal control over the elections. And now, according to this law,members of election commissions can be kicked out without a courtruling and the commissions can be comprised of members from only onecandidate

I believe this threatens the elections and completely destroysdemocracy in the state. This destroys the choice the people must makein the presidential elections.

I will now take extraordinary measures. First of all, I will askthe President of Ukraine – if he feels that he is the guarantor of theConstitution, and that he is responsible for the continuation ofdemocracy in our state – to veto this law immediately. If he does notveto it, then I will assume that the President is a party in all theongoing processes to destroy honest elections.

I have invited the G-8 ambassadors to a meeting in several hours.Tomorrow I will invite all ambassadors here in Ukraine to inform themthat once the law is signed, elections don’t exist, they have nomeaning, because everything, every figure, will be falsified. TomorrowI will also hold a press conference for representatives of foreignmedia.

I want the whole world to know who is destroying Ukraine’s youngdemocracy. I want the whole world to know that the end has come tohonest elections in Ukraine. I want the world, all organizations anddemocratically-minded individuals in our country to make theirassessment.

I will fight for the previous version of the law to remain in force, and for elections to take place in Ukraine.

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