On Tuesday Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn met Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Italy to Ukraine Fabrizio Romano, parliamentary press office reports. During the meeting Lytycn ruled out the possibility of using administrative leverage to forge the results of parliamentary elections.   

He claimed that representatives of both the authorities and the opposition consider it impossible. "I am against piling on the pressure concerning potential use of administrative leverage to forge the results of parliamentary elections," Lytvyn said. "The authorities should let the people make their choice."  

The speaker said that administrative leverage cannot be used, as the election commissions include representatives of different political parties. On top of that, all election materials documents and ballots shall be kept forever. "A person who knows that the documents can be checked and recounted will think twice before violating the rules," Lytvyn said.  

However, Lytvyn is concerned "about the possible attempts to divide the country on the eve of elections." He claimed that the slogans "who is not with us is with the authorities" might bear negative consequences. "No shades, only black and white. It is a conflict which should be prevented," he said.

Lytvyn called for launching a parliamentary dialogue.  He said that the Verkhovna Rada "is the most powerful platform with the best possibilities." It should not be "destroyed", as the deputies "will address the people, make declarations, voice their opinions, and criticize" from the parliamentary rostrum. "However, they shall also work," he stressed.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine informed the Ambassador that in March he sent the letters to the international parliamentary organizations, inviting them to observe the elections in Ukraine. Respective letters were sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. "We are absolutely open," Lytvyn stressed. 

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