Ukraine's ombudsperson insists on more polling stations for presidential election 2010 in countries with largest number of Ukrainians.

Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Nina Karpachova has sent a motion to acting Foreign Minister Volodymyr Khandohiy insisting on the constitutional election rights of Ukrainian citizens who are registered or temporally residing abroad.

In her motion Karpachova reminds that during the 2007 pre-term parliamentary elections out of 432,000 Ukrainians that were inscribed into the list of voters at 116 foreign ballot stations in 78 countries, only 34,000, i.e. less than 8%, managed to vote then. 

According to the ombudsperson, the reason is that the foreign voting stations operate only with diplomatic missions where not all Ukrainians can come to. Another point is that the real number of Ukrainian voters in the particular country or its individual region is not taken into account. 

Thus, only 5 polling stations were set up in Russia for 3 million Ukrainian citizens in the last elections. The same situation is in other countries having the largest number of Ukraine's migrant workers (Spain, Italy, Portugal).


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