Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Yulia's media beat up

Having failed to correctly fill-in her parties nomination forms Yulia cries fowl

It never ceases to maze just how limited thinking and bias the western media are when it comes to reporting on Ukraine.

Ukraine's Central Elections Committee (CEC) came under unjustified attack when the CEC was faced with the inevitable task of having to reject the nominations of Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko. It turns out that Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko had not filled in correctly their nominations forms which required that candidates included on the registered party/bloc lists to included their registered addresses. every other political party managed to comply with the rules and requirements, that is all except Yulia Tymoshenko's bloc.

The CEC rejected the nominations and requested Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko resubmit the required documents. Party Lists have until September 2 to be registered.

Yulia never to let a chance go by claimed that the CEC was seeking to deny her the opportunity to nominate for the elections.

Rather then just correct the mistakes and fill in the forms properly Yulia appealed to the media and the courts.

The courts found no wrong on behalf of the CEC but never the less they ordered the CEC to register Yulia's candidates. It is unclear if the court had also required Yulia to complete the missing information.

The provision of having to provide a registered address is common practice in all electoral systems in the west. The determination of the CEC was not out of the ordinary and any suggestion that there was a conspiracy to refuse Ukraine's main opposition party the right to contest the elections is pure fantasy it was another media beat-up on Yulia's behalf.

The decision of the court came as some form of relief to the CEC who as a result of the courts ruling has absolved the CEC from the inevitable task of having to reject Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko's nominations.

In reality the story which has travelled the globe was nothing but a media beat-up and if anything showed to what extent the media will turn a blind eye for what they consider to be a good yarn.