More than 60% of Ukrainian citizens don’t believe the October 31 local government elections were fair, says Batkivshchyna party leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The authorities had all the cards in their hands: the courts, Central Election Commission, territorial election commissions, local administrations. According to a survey, upwards of 60% of Ukrainians don’t think the elections were fair. They are right," Yulia Tymoshenko said in an interview with Newsweek Poland.

She said the opposition appealed to the international community, citing evidence of the government’s plans to rig the elections. "The government even wrote in the law that members of commissions have the right to expel observers from the polling stations! The law also says that the tally sheets are considered valid if they’re signed by only 3 out of 18 commission members. They can do this anywhere, without any witnesses."

"They have even introduced their own new technique. Party of Regions supporters began creating party offices with my party’s name – Batkivshchyna. They registered with the courts and interior ministry, and then nominated candidates, preventing the nomination of actual members of my party. This kind of fraud was committed in those oblasts where I achieved considerable success in the latest presidential elections. Can you even call them elections if it’s not important who votes and how, but rather who counts the votes and how the tally sheets are filled out?"

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