17:14 30.05.2014

Turchynov calls for vote count audit in Kyiv council elections

Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada Chairman and Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has examined a request from Democratic Alliance leader Vasyl Hatsko and demanded that prosecutors, police and security authorities check the vote counting process in the elections to Kyiv City Council.

"Actions are taking place in Kyiv today, which bear signs of a shameful large-scale crime - the stealing of votes from one of the political parties running for City Council," the acting chief of the Ukrainian presidential administration Serhiy Pashynsky said on Friday, according to the president's official Web site.

"Falsification and signs of a criminal plot against this party are obvious. An organized group of scoundrels wants to disrupt this party getting into Kyiv Council," Pashynsky added. The Democratic Alliance is "a party which has proved its patriotism on Maidan," he said.

The Central Election Commission has been instructed to urgently re-count votes cast at all polling stations in the Kyiv council elections, Pashynsky said.

Data obtained after processing 973 (79%) out of the 1,082 election protocols in an electronic form suggest that UDAR Party is leading in the party-list elections with 39.66% of the vote, Oleh Liashko's Radical Party is mustering 8.99%, Samopomich Union (led by Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy) 6.78%, Svoboda Party 6.38%, Batkivschyna 4.06%, Civil Position (led by Anatoliy Hrytsenko) 3.53%, Nove Zhyttia (led by Lesia Orobets) 3.31%, and ex-mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko's Yednist (Unity) 3.22%.

The Democratic Alliance is short of the election threshold by a tiny margin (2.92%).

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