MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti)
An observer from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Neil Simon, said there were problems at polling stations in Ukraine during the parliamentary election on Sunday.
“As of now I do not want to speak about something positive or negative so that another observer would reject this information later. However, there were not many polling stations [in Ukraine] that did not have problems at all,” Simon said in an interview with Voice of Russia radio station, but did not specify the nature of the problems.
The OSCE observer said that the detailed report from Sunday’s election process will be ready and revealed on late Monday afternoon after all OSCE observers in Ukraine sum up their results from all polling stations across the country.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a statement that police received from citizens a total of 237 calls on Sunday that were about alleged violations at the election.
According to the statement, most of the calls were regarding the illegal campaigning at polling stations, acts of bribing voters, violations of election procedures, acts of hooliganism and others.
According to an exit-poll by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, the ruling Party of Regions, headed by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, is leading in the parliamentary elections in Ukraine with 28.1 percent of the party-list vote
Over 5,000 candidates were contesting for 450 seats in parliament, with half of the deputies to be elected on party-list vote and the other half in single-mandate constituencies.
Polls closed at 8.00 pm [18:00 GMT] on Sunday. According to the Central Election Committee, almost 58 percent of eligible voters went to the polls. Preliminary results will be announced on Monday morning.
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