“UDAR”: “Batkivshchyna”’s Arithmetic Will Benefit Pro-Government Forces

15.10.2012 17:42

“UDAR” Party is surprised about the decision of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” regarding the recall of single-mandate district (SMD) candidates. “In two-thirds of the districts determined by “UDAR” and “Batkivshchyna”, the latter did not remove its candidates. We, on the other hand, kept our promise and recalled our candidates in all districts where “Batkivshchyna” had a better chance to win. “Batkivshchyna”, on the other hand, only recalled 8 out of 22 candidates determined by the joint sociological study evaluating perspectives of the candidates,” reads the “UDAR” official statement.

“It is not important how many candidates “Batkivshchyna” recalled. It is not the quantity that matters, but rather the chances for victory. We are confident that the voters will respond to “Batkivshchyna”’s decision accordingly,” says the statement.

“UDAR” notes that basic criteria of determining single democratic candidates for SMDs were not met by “Batkivshchyna”. The most important one was disallowing pro-government candidates to win the district and increasing the chances of the democratic forces to win. For example, according to the results of the joint sociological study, in district #211 “UDAR” candidate Mykola Babenko has 12% higher ratings than “Batkivshchyna”’s Serhiy Teryokhin. At the same time, the pro-government candidate is in second place, only a few percent behind Babenko. Considering the government’s significant financial and administrative resources, “Batkivshchyna” failed to deny them their chance to win the district.

Unfortunately, ambitions and partisanship took precedence over the desire for common victory of the democratic forces in “Batkivshchyna”’s decision. “UDAR” believes that these actions make “Batkivshchyna” responsible for increasing the chances of pro-government candidates in a considerable number of SMDs. Vitaliy Kovalchuk, Head of “UDAR” Election HQ noted, “We hope that “Batkivshchyna” is still planning to create a democratic majority in the future Parliament.”

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