The battle for the most: how the government and the opposition are fighting in the elections to the Parliament

The battle for the most: how the government and the opposition are fighting in the elections to the Parliament

108 people in place

The by-elections held in four districts in the South-Eastern part of the country (in Lugansk, Dnepropetrovsk, Poltava and Kherson oblasts), in the North of Chernihiv region, as well as in the West — in Ivano-Frankivsk and Volyn regions. Just seven mandates claim 378 people. A record number of applicants was registered in Luhansk region, where one Deputy chair of claim 108 people. For election campaigns in recent years, such high rates have become the norm: last year at a by-election in Chernihiv registered 127 people.

Such a stir caused by the fact that the ruling coalition in Parliament exists only on paper, no stable majority, and each time a coalition of the bloc of Petro Poroshenko” and “popular front” to collect votes under the laws, so the authorities and the opposition rate in the campaign is high enough, says Director of the Ukrainian Agency of social communications Sergey Belash. In his opinion, the coalition following the elections can be extended by five deputies.

In addition to increasing the number of coalition election will show the state of the Ukrainian society and the willingness of the government to fight, say Ukrainian scientists. About five deputies on the results can fill up a coalition, but this is not enough to give it stability, said political analyst Kost Bondarenko. The task of the authorities in this election is to win the districts on the East of the country, to show that she still has the support of the community, he says.

These elections are necessary in order to understand how power has the ability to carry out their candidates, the extent of administrative resources, says the political analyst Vadim Karasev. In the context of possible early elections this intermediate is important for the government as a rehearsal, the expert said.

Vacancies were mainly after elected deputies moved into the Executive power or were elected as mayors. For the latter reason the by-election held in the Dnipropetrovsk and Chernihiv, which was headed by Boris Filatov (the FENNEL party supporters, businessman Igor Kolomoisky) and Vladyslav Atroshenko (“Block Poroshenko”). In Lugansk and Kherson regions the elections were appointed in connection with the early termination of powers of deputies Yury Garbuz and Andrey Gordeev: the first became the Chairman of the Lugansk regional military-civil administration, the second headed the Kherson regional administration. Deputies from “Blok Petro Poroshenko” (BPP) in the districts in Ivano-Frankivsk and Poltava, Ihor Nasalyk and Taras Kutovoy, became Ministers of the government of Boris Groisman.

Lawyer “soldier of the GRU and the FENNEL party

The main fight in the districts broke out between the puppets of the parliamentary parties. Although, as noted Belash, in some cases, candidates from the “block of Petro Poroshenko” prefer not to advertise their party affiliation. Among the candidates are representatives of the previously unknown parties, which did well in local elections.

In some districts, Pro-government candidates managed to agree. So, in Dnepropetrovsk was going to run Gennady Korban, a friend of Borys Filatov, who for many years worked together with Kolomoisky. However, in the spring he was sentenced to probation that dropped him to the Parliament. After that, the party DILL has decided to nominate Oksana tomtchuk. But in this case she was struggling not only with the opposition candidate by Zagid Krasnov, supported by the Opposition bloc, but Tatyana Rychkova, a volunteer, supported by the Pro-presidential “Block Poroshenko”. In the end, tomtchuk from participation at the last moment refused, and the main fight is between Rychkova and Krasnov.

In Kherson the main struggle was between the ex-Governor of the region Yuri Odarchenko, to support which came Yulia Tymoshenko of the “Fatherland”, and Andrey Putilov from BPP.

Also in Kherson in the number of candidates was the lawyer Valentin Rybin, representing the interests of the Russian Alexander Alexandrov, who, along with Viktor Erofeev was exchanged for the Hope Savchenko. “Decided to run, as tired of looking at the chaos and the circus, no one member does not speak the country the most important thing,” said Rybin . In his election program he offers to stop the war in the East of the country, to start direct negotiations with Donetsk and Lugansk, campaigning for traditional values. Local media slogans fish called “Pro-Putin”. The candidate is confident that the voters mood media do not share.

Another famous member of the election — a former police officer Ilya Kiva, responsible for maintaining order in the area during the bombings of power transmission lines on the border with Crimea. Kivu is called a protégé of the Minister of internal Affairs Arsen Avakov.

In the Luhansk region, according to Vesti, the leading candidate from the “Opposition bloc” Boris Lebedev. His rivals — local businessman Sergey Shakhov from the “Our land” and millionaire Valery Moshensky.

Because of the involvement of various parties and independent candidates in the elections there is the illusion of struggle, but the main player is the presidential administration, which task — to lead the people, sure, Belash.


Ukrainian public organizations and participants of elections say that the campaign is dirty. They note that in all districts the candidates have “doubles”, the candidates themselves say about bribery attempts and facts to the population distribution of grocery sets. In Severodonetsk was beaten by the head of the district Commission Eugene said. “One of the candidates wanted to establish control over the Commission: it oversees seven members, and want ten, plus loyal of the President”, — said the Ukrainian “Vesti” the head of the public Committee of voters of Ukraine Alexey Svetikov.

Popular this time the reception part with the same name. Among the candidates in the Luhansk region — couples and mothers with children, and have four pairs of candidates (eight) match the names and places of residence, indicates the Committee of voters of Ukraine. Nomination of candidates-namesakes recorded in all districts. In Dnepropetrovsk was four Krasnov, Rychkovyh, tomtchuk and two Momot.

Artificial increase in the number of candidates is polling technology that allows you to manipulate the will of the voters on the voting day. In particular, too large size of the ballot could complicate the voting electorate are older, candidates can also sell their seats in precinct election commissions in favor of interested parties seeking to control their composition, says the Committee of voters of Ukraine.