12:45 21.09.2009

Regions Party worried about numerous inaccuracies in state register of voters

The Regions Party has said it is concerned about "numerous inaccuracies" in the state register of voters of Ukraine.

"There is a great number of inaccuracies today in the voters' register," the first deputy chairman of the Regions Party faction, Oleksandr Yefremov, said at a meeting of the conciliatory council in Kyiv on Monday.

The MP noted that the data for the register was taken from the 2006 electoral rolls, instead of those of 2007.

"We have analyzed the data from a single constituency only. Over the twelve days, 19,500 out of 23,000 citizens, who applied [to the services maintaining the register], were concerned about the mistakes in their first, last, or patronymic names and birth date... These services might be unable to receive all the people and to correct all the mistakes which are being exposed [by the time of elections]," the deputy chairman of the Regions Party said.

Yefremov also said his party was worried that the register showed that the number of voters fell in the south and east of Ukraine and grew by 0.5-1% in western Ukraine.

The presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled for January 17, 2010. This is the first time the state register of voters will be used in the elections.

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