Election Day Ukraine (How did the auction for votes go on VK?)October 28, 2012
Well today is election day in Ukraine (and also my mother-in law’s birthday) – thus a short post as I am expected elsewhere.
However I will leave you to ponder just how much these people advertising their votes for sale on VK (a social forum similar to facebook) will have actually been paid for their votes.
$20, $30, $50 for your vote? Who got a figure they were happy with and who was bought off cheaply?
Entrepreneurial spirit and all that eh? (Depressed sigh!)
Meanwhile, I wish an incident free day (and night) to all the long term observers with whom I have spoken to over the past few months – often at great length – and await the flurry of final reports with interest. My email in-box eagerly awaits the final reports from all those I spoke with and promised to send me copies.
Saying that, if historical precedent is followed, the only report that will count as far as EU recognition of these elections is concerned, free and fair or not, is that produced by ODIHR/OSCE.
Nevertheless, I look forward to reading the reports of those observers from all the observer missions I have met who have worked very hard over the past few months, covered a huge area on less than optimal roads, attended countless political rallies, spoken with numerous candidates in all manner of circumstances day and night, monitored the often mind-numbing media and listed electoral violations great or small where ever they saw them.
After so many months here, I am certain they will all be happy to get home again some time next week. No doubt I will see some of them again in 2015, and quite possibly I will see some of them again far earlier than that.