Vitaliy Klychko Met Attorney General and Reported Incidents of Pressure on “UDAR” Party Members

05.10.2012 11:14

On Friday, October 5, Leader of “UDAR” party, held a meeting with Attorney General Victor Pshonka during which he reported about incidents of the election law violation and outright pressure on MP candidates of the “UDAR” party.

“I sought the meeting with the Attorney General to submit a report listing facts of pressure on the party members,” Vitaliy Klychko told reporters after the meeting. “The Attorney General promised to examine the facts within 10 days and make a legal conclusion. I hope it will be actually the legal one and not politically biased. If we don’t get an answer in 10 days, I will once again insist on meeting Attorney General.”

Klychko said that members of “UDAR” party are facing barriers in conducting an election campaign in various regions of Ukraine. The report listed major high-profile cases of pressure on the candidates, which require an immediate General Prosecutor’s Office intervention. Of particular concern is the situation around Vadym Kryvohatko, an UDAR Party’s candidate for a single-mandate district #82, i.e. a number of baseless probes have been opened against him and he has been put on a wanted list. The fact is that Deputy Governor of Zaporizhya O. Dudka, a pro-government candidate who is fully supported by the local officials, is running for a seat in parliamentary elections as a candidate of the district where Kryvohatko is having a strong lead. “UDAR” party finds the pressure exerted by law enforcement authorities as politically motivated and as an outright violation of the election campaign.

Vitaliy Klychko also talked about the baseless opening of the criminal case against Yaroslav Misiats, an UDAR party’s candidate in Irpin City Council, by the Prosecutor's Office in Pechersk district in Kyiv, as well as a prosecutorial abuse of power. Representatives of Petro Melnyk, a member of the Party of Regions, repeatedly threatened him, demanding to cease his political career.

In addition, Klychko pointed facts of bribing voters, in particular, in Darnytsky district in Kyiv and lack of response from the Prosecutor’s Office.

The report also features other cases of pressure and violations of the election law.

Vitaliy Klychko demanded that the General Prosecutor’s Office carefully study the cases included in the report and hold officials liable for misconduct when opening and investigating these criminal cases.

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