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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Russians were forbidden to vote in Ukraine

On the territory of Ukraine is 80 thousand Russian voters, this figure was voiced by a member of the Central election Committee Vasily Likhachev. However, their participation in the elections to the state Duma on 18 September was called into question. On Saturday, Kiev said about the impossibility of holding the elections in the Ukraine. In response, the head of the Central election Commission Ella Pamfilova said that Ukraine can not ban elections in the territory of the diplomatic mission of another state and promised to consult with the Ministry of foreign Affairs to formulate a common position.

photo: Lily Sharlovskoe

The President instructed the foreign Minister to inform Moscow about the impossibility of holding the elections on the territory of Ukraine” is published in social networks, the press Secretary Poroshenko Svyatoslav Tsigalko on Saturday. In the official comments of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry said that the elections of deputies of the state Duma of Russia is possible only after the failure of the Russian party from elections in the Crimea. Also Moscow should be deleted from the Federal list of candidates from this region. We will remind that in August the CEC said that Ukraine plans to open four polling stations, one in Kiev and one in the Consulate General in Kharkiv, Odessa and Lviv.

Detailed information about the organization of voting to was almost impossible, — told “MK” the project coordinator Association “the Voice”, “Sonar” and “the Citizen the observer” on the organization of observations at the foreign polling stations, Vladimir Yegorov. According to him, representatives of observer organizations “OPORA” and the Committee vybortsev of Ukraine at the Consulate General of Russia in Lviv, said that, despite the instructions of the CEC will not open polling. In Kiev, the same observers were initially told that nothing is known. And three days ago stopped taking the tube.

An expert on elections, Chairman of the Interregional Association of voters Andrei Buzin believes that the statement of Ukraine “more like a Declaration.” “It is not clear how to forbid citizens to come to the Consulate of their country,” said Buzin. They can’t physically surround him and not to let anyone in”. Head of international law Department of Diplomatic Academy of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Yegorov explained “MK”, that is to organize elections on the territory of the Consulate can and a passage in them “should in principle be open.” He noted that if the authorities of the host country Consulate is isolated, it can be considered as a violation of international law. Since their task is to provide everything you need to make a diplomatic mission carried out its functions without hindrance.

If in the end, the citizens of Russia to vote in the elections on the territory of Ukraine, is unclear. The CEC has already made a statement that to participate in elections, voters can go to the neighboring with Ukraine States. Likewise, the vote, for example, Russians living in Georgia. Diplomatic relations of the countries supported through the mission of Switzerland in Tbilisi, consequently, the possibility to organize the vote in the country there, so the polling station for Russian citizens located in Armenia.


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