13:45 08.11.2012

Ukrainian communists to seek return to proportional electoral system

The Communist Party of Ukraine intends to press for the abolition of the mixed electoral system in Ukraine, Communist leader Petro Symonenko has said.

"The Communist Party of Ukraine will insist on the abolition of the first-past-the-post [part of the] electoral system and the preservation of the proportional one," he said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.

Symonenko said that the results of the election in single-member constituencies showed that "the capital was buying power."

Under the new electoral law, for the first time since 2002 the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine were held under a mixed system with 225 MPs elected on party lists and 225 in single-seat constituencies. The parliamentary election in 2007 was held under a proportional system.

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