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The Interpreter
@Interpreter_Mag
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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NGO Reports Over 1,000 Electoral Irregularities Today

The OPORA Civil Network claims this evening to have recorded 1,065 electoral irregularities and violations across Ukraine today.

The NGO has published an interactive map on their website (in Ukrainian) giving details of each instance: 

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At the time of writing, OPORA has recorded 537 instances of illegal campaigning, 288 instances of voter bribery, 115 instances of irregularities and manipulation by electoral commissions, and 42 case of "criminal interference in the electoral process."

In addition, OPORA recorded 29 instances where journalists were hindered in monitoring votes, 28 cases of misuse of administrative resources, and 25 of falsified voting records.

Meanwhile exit polls indicate that two figures associated with the ancien régime - Kharkiv mayor Hennadiy Kernes and Odessa mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov, are on course to retain their posts.

Ukrainska Pravda reports that Kernes' nearest rival is the Sampomich party's Taras Sitenko, with only 16.4% of the vote. 

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-- Pierre Vaux

The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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The Interpreter
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Krasnoarmeysk Ballots Now Approved By Central Commission, Police Asked To Assist With Delivery To Polling Stations

Vyacheslav Abroskin, the head of the Donetsk regional branch of the Interior Ministry, says that Oleg Smal, the head of the Krasnoarmeysk municipal electoral commission, has asked for police to escort the delivery of ballots to polling stations around the town and keep order.

Abroskin said that the town's police force are prepared to assist. 

Interfax-Ukraine reports that the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) has now annulled the local commission's earlier decision to bar the use of privately-printed ballots in today's vote. The CEC has also instructed the local commission to inform residents that they will now be able to vote.

-- Pierre Vaux

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Elections In Svatovo, Lugansk, Declared Invalid

Ukrainska Pravda reports that today's local elections in the town of Svatovo, in the Lugansk region, have been declared invalid by the town's electoral commission.

The report cites an announcement by the OPORA Civil Network, which says that the Svatovo municipal electoral commission declared the results invalid at a meeting at 15:00 today, having found errors in ballot printing.

Printing errors had led to some local parties being left off ballots. 

According to the announcement, the responsibility for the printing errors lay with members of the local electoral commission. 

Despite this, Ukrainska Pravda reports, voting is still under way in the Svatovo electoral district.

-- Pierre Vaux

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Russian-Backed Militants Attack Pisky on Election Day
After relative calm in recent days on the front, Russian-backed militants fired on Ukrainian positions in Pisky today.

Translation: The ATO zone over night: terrorists opened fire on Ukrainian soldiers.

Reports continue of heavy armor not withdrawn beyond the line of contact as stipulated by the Minsk agreements.

In Krivoy Rog, a city in Dnepropetrovsk that has not itself been involved in the conflict although it has sent fighters to the war, a 62-year-old man was injured and his acquaintance killed when he demonstrated what he claimed was a training grenade which in fact turned out to be live, Unian.net reported.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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