October 25, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk took part in the voting
to elect deputies of local councils, heads of villages and city mayors.
reporter's question what he expects from the elections, the Prime Minister
said: "These are local elections, so I expect the roads, schools,
hospitals repaired and appropriate use of the local budget, as we have
transferred billions of resource to the local level".
He noted that in
the ballot paper "party affiliation still prevails over the individuality
representing a party". "I have carefully studied the voting paper.
And I am falling under the impression that we voted in favour
of open lists, and, as a result, anyway party affiliation takes precedence over
the personality representing a particular party".
reminded that the law on local elections had been fundamentally and
radically changed: "For
the first time we vote under such a law, and
under the new law summarizing the results of voting requires professional
skills of members of election commissions
and honesty, transparency and strict control from observers and members of
that the Central Voting
Commission is responsible for
organization of the ballot: "The
Government is obliged to provide funding for the election campaign and we fulfilled
that, while the Ministry of Internal Affairs is
obliged to ensure order, what we also did."
The Prime Minister
recalled that there had been summoned a meeting of the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ board together with
public organizations, including the Opora (Support) PO, "with the aim
to establish a serious cooperation to prevent fraud": "Now the essential thing is summarizing the results of the vote to ensure these elections to be fair and
transparent, like the elections of the President
and Parliament last year".
It should be
noted that the party headed by the Prime Minister of Ukraine does not
participate in local elections.