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Ukraine Adopts Law for More Elections Transparency PR Newswire KYIV, July 6, 2012 KYIV, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The parliament of Ukraine adopted a law providing for open, thtransparent, and democratic

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Ukraine Adopts Law for More Elections
Transparency
PR Newswire
KYIV, July 6, 2012
KYIV
,
July 6, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
The parliament of
Ukraine
adopted a law providing for open,
transparent, and democratic parliamentary elections on
October 28
th
,
2012. The parliament ruled to equip most polling stations with web-
cameras, broadcasting the signal from the stations online.
The installation of the web-cameras at the voting stations enables anyone with
internet access to watch elections in
Ukraine
in real time. According to the
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, 34,000 voting stations will be equipped
with cameras. Each voting station will be equipped with at least two cameras.
According to the new law, the cameras should be placed in a way that does not
interfere with the secret ballot system and the freedom of voting, while
ensuring the procedures of voting and vote count are abided. "We will have to
provide the whole country with satellite communication in order to run these
web-cameras," said the leader of the Party of Regions Olexandr Yefremov.
Meanwhile, during a meeting with a delegation of the NATO Parliamentary
Assembly Azarov said that
Ukraine
welcomed foreign observers from the CIS,
the EU, the OSCE, etc. at the autumn elections. He invited everyone who
wanted to come, saying that since
Ukraine
hosted two million visitors during
EURO 2012
it was sure ready to receive 34,000 observers. The Vice President
of the OSCE Wolfgang Grossruck already accepted the invitation of the Prime
Minister.
In efforts to hold free and fair elections, the Ukrainian parliament passed a new
election law on
November 17, 2011
. It reintroduced the mixed electoral system
in
Ukraine
. According to the new system, 225 members of the Ukrainian
parliament will be elected through party lists and 225 MPs - through single-
member districts.
The new law also set the election threshold of five percent, banned blocks of
political parties to participate in elections, as well as excluded the previously
available option of not supporting any party or candidate on the list by ticking
the respective box.