Kurennoy reminded everyone that “UDAR” has always been against the “quota” principle espoused by “Batkivshchyna”, which resulted in decisions based on party leader negotiations behind closed doors rather than the will of the people.
“As a result, “UDAR” and its opposition colleagues agreed to conduct sociological studies and created a pool of agencies, which would evaluate the real support of candidates in the districts. The list of agencies was compiled by both sides, and both parties agreed on one key principle that only the candidate with the highest chances for victory according to the poll results would remain in the game. The weaker candidate would exit the race,” said Kurennoy. However, according to his story, “Batkivshchyna” congress did not comply with the agreement in full, removing only one-third of the identified candidates.
In response to the question why “UDAR” did not remove its candidate in the district, where Volodymyr Yavorivsky is running from “Batkivshchyna” but still demanded that their Serhiy Teryokhin stepped down in another Kyiv race, Kurennoy noted that Yavorivsky’s victory is a foregone conclusion, while the removal of Teryokhin would considerably boost the chances of the opposition to win the district.
Deputy Head of the “UDAR” election HQ also notified the audience about the preparation of coordinated actions of the democratic forces during voting and vote-counting. “We offered “Batkivshchyna” to create a common coordination center for tracking and counteracting fraud, and our offer is still standing. Moreover, we have already sent our recommendations to our regional party offices regarding cooperation with commission members and other opposition parties’ observers,” emphasized Kurennoy.