The statement was made by Rostyslav Pavlenko, Deputy Manager of the “UDAR” election HQ, during his appearance on TVi channel.
Pavlenko mentioned that the “UDAR” Party’s Congress had reconvened after a decision to call back the candidates in the districts where the “Batkivshchyna” candidates or the pro-opposition self-nominated candidates had higher approval rating had been upheld. “We called back 26 candidates in favor of “Batkivshchyna” and an additional six in favor of self-nominated candidates. We expected “Batkivshchyna” to respond in kind; however, we were somewhat surprised to find out that out of 27 candidates called back by “Batkivshchyna”, only eight met our expectations,” said Pavlenko.
Commenting on the process of conducting a joint sociological study, Pavlenko noted that it involved a group of seven authoritative sociological organizations, with each of them assigned to analyze an entire district. “The purpose of the study was not to conduct a segmentation analysis, but to look at the districts in broader terms. The profile of voters per each district was drawn upon the study findings. Along with “Batkivshchyna”, we believed that professional sociologists will do a good job and, as a result, we’ll get valid and reliable data,” added Pavlenko.
When asked about the future career of the candidates who stepped down in favor of other candidates, Pavlenko said, “It’s not like the Party managers just told them “bad luck, you’re out”. From the very beginning of our campaign, we warned our SMD candidates that they might be called back in case the pro-oppposition candidates had far better chances of winning. So they were ready to step down; this was their conscious and deliberate choice. It is obvious that they were not presented with a fait accompli. It is also obvious that their future political career will be tied with our Party.”