Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Final result

Official Results of election announced

Ukraine today release official results of Parliamentary Elections held on March 26.

KIEV, April 10 (Itar-Tass) -- After two weeks of vote counting Ukraine’s Central Election Commission on Monday announced official results of the March 26 parliamentary elections.

The opposition Party of Regions led by former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich received 32.14 percent of votes, former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko 22.29 percent (129 seats), the pro-presidential Our Ukraine bloc 13.95 percent (81 seats), the Socialist Party 5.69 percent (33 seats), and the Communist Party 3.66 percent. (21 seats)

Several parties and blocs failed to overcome the 3-percent barrier. These include Natalia Vitrenko People’s Opposition bloc received 2,93 percent of votes, Vladimir Litvin bloc 2.44 percent, the Kostenko and Plyushch Bloc 1.87 percent, the Veche party 1.74 percent, Pora-PRP 1.47 percent, Not So! Bloc 1.01 percent. Other parties and bloc received less than 1 percent.

Although Natalia Vitrenko People’s Opposition bloc received over 3% of the formal vote the Central Electoral Commission includes informal ballots in calculating the required 3% threshold.

The election overall as reported was considered to be within the norms of a democratic election. Over 60% of voters participated in the election process.

The main issues of contention as we have noted was:

The refusal of Ukraine to establish polling booths in the Transd. region of Moldova, Changes to the absentee voting rules which disenfranchised some voters who were unable to attend their allocated polling place on the day and the refusal of Ukraine authorities to undertake a preliminary recount of the ballot. The last point being the most contentious.

Over 22% of voters were disenfranchised by the Party List System which in turn inflated the representation obtained by major political parties.

Had Ukraine adopted a preferential voting system these voters would have been given the right to express a preference in determining who should represent their interests.