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According to the Civil Network OPORA's monitoring findings of 2015 local elections, there were 1559 violations reported.

 

Civil Network OPORA has prepared infographics to illustrate the liability for electoral crimes in 2015 local elections. It contains visualization of sentences imposed by courts, sort them per articles of Criminal Code and type of punishment, and make a portrait of an average offender.

 

According to OPORA's data received in June – beginning of September 2016 there were 422 pre-trial investigations initiated under Articles 157-160 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine during 2016 regular local elections. Most of pre-trial investigations concerned voter bribery – 159 investigations, Article 160 of the CrCU; impeding the free exercise of voting rights, activities of election commissions and official observers – 97 investigations, Article 157.

 

Another two thirds of pre-trial investigations related to 2015 local elections are closed as of 11 September 2016. However, the number of bills of indictment is quite low compared to the number of closed criminal proceedings. Only one sixth of them were sent to trial.

 

Civil Network OPORA has been monitoring the investigation of criminal proceedings, which concern 2015 regular local elections including 2015 local elections in Mariupol and Kramatorsk (Donetsk oblast) and 2016 early mayoral election in Kryvyi Rih.

 

Which mechanisms secured implementation of electoral rights of Ukrainian citizens in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in autumn of 2015 despite the armed conflict? Which risks may appear if Ukraine's internally displaced persons are deprived of electoral rights? Which international standards exist to guarantee general and equal suffrage for IDPs, and which successful international practices may be applied to solve this issue in Ukraine? What is a politically motivated observation, and which “fake” international missions have been functioning during local election campaign?

 

According to the parallel vote tabulation results based on 100% of processed precinct protocols, local party cell of the Revival party wins the highest number of votes in election to Krasnoarmiisk City Council – 58.64% of votes.

 

On 29 November, Civil Network OPORA and Donetsk Oblast Organization of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine conducted observation and parallel vote tabulation with 100% of election precincts covered in Krasnoarmiisk. Based on observer reports, OPORA trusts that the results at polling stations in general reflect the will of the people.

 

The voting process on 29 November 2015 in Krasnoarmiisk and Mariupol passed quietly, in accordance with legislative requirements, and without systematic or centralized violations. We may say the same, with a few exceptions, about tabulation of votes at election precincts. However, there were some gross election law violations, particularly at polling station #141088 in Krasnoarmiisk, which must be immediately investigated by law-enforcement bodies in an unbiased manner.

 

The incidents that were detected during the election day in Mariupol and Krasnoarmiisk on 29 November were procedural and cannot be classified as gross electoral violations.

 
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