Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Poll Shows Viktor Yushchenko Would Lose Ballot If Presidential Elections Held Last Week

Analysis of a recent poll undertaken by the TRN Ukraine "Omnibus" published by LexisNexis News indicates that Ukraine's President, Viktor Yushchenko would lose the presidential ballot if elections were held last week.

Ukraine's Prime-minister, Viktor Yanukovych, received the highest vote on 29.8%, Yulia Tymoshenko on 15.4% and Yushchenko on 11.6%. With the expected fold up in preparation for a "Second round" ballot Viktor Yushchenko would lose to Yulia Tymoshenko.

The results of the poll provide another example and reason for urgent electoral reform to abolish the two-round presidential ballot system . With the cost of each ballot estimated to be around 100 Million dollars the two-round system can not be justified given that there are more democratic and effective ways of conducting the election.

Ukraine must consider the adoption of a single preferential voting election. One ballot with voters casting a numerical vote in order of preference (1, 2 3) for the candidates of their choice.

Should no one candidate secure 50% or more votes, candidates with the lowest number of votes would be excluded from the count and ballot papers re-distributed to the next available continuing candidate. This process is repeated until one candidate has received 50% or more votes. One ballot - One vote, Hundreds of millions of dollars saved.