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Ukrainian election advertising & Twitter

July 25, 2012

For some quite unknown reason, I have recently taken to commenting about the electioneering adverts of various contenders in the forthcoming  Ukrainian parliamentary October elections on twitter.  To my surprise it has been quite popular and subjected to numerous retweets on occasion.

That said I can be quite cynical as this tweet about the Communist Party advert may infer: “Nostalgic Communist Party election ad about the “good old days of the USSR”. Missed the bit about stagnant econ, corruption & gulags tho!”

All very clever and pious of me.

I then commented about the United Opposition election ad, which is being shown so often you would think it was actually the main feature of the TV station rather than the adverts.

“United Opposition ad with Yatseniuk, Grytsenko (OK) & the never in the RADA Sergey Sobolev & politically weak Vyach Kyrylenko. I despair!”

As you can tell, I have something of a yearning for the opposition to actually be something like an opposition and provide something like a credible alternative.  Thus I hope, seemingly in vain, they will campaign on policy rather than personality politics, and naturally they will show themselves in the best possible light at all times.

I can fully understand their election advert featuring Arseney Yatseniuk and Grytsenko.  After all, they are the leaders of two of political parties that have joined forces within the United Opposition.  But do my comments relating to Sergey Sobolev, who I describe as always absent from the RADA (and if twitter allowed more characters I would have said untrustworthy as well) and the fact Kyrylenko is a particularly weak (and naive) politician stand up?

In short I am inferring that the United Opposition could and should have chosen far better MPs from the parties they represent to stand alongside Yatseniuk and Grytsenko in the electioneering fluff.

Well after that tweet, a new civil society website went live and you can now check for yourselves via Chesno.Org just how good, bad or indifferent every MP currently sitting in the RADA is according to their parameters.

So what does it have to say about Sergey Sobolev and does that underline or undermine my tweet?

“Budget of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for 2010 allowances other people’s deputy of Ukraine on free passage was set at 26,800 USD. However, in 2010 Sergey V. Sobolev exceeded established by Parliament allowances for free travel, spending on him 29,171 USD. and completing from the state budget of Ukraine on 12 trips.

According to the methodology for evaluating integrity of the candidates of the Movement FAIR availability of information that might indicate a high likelihood of involvement in the abuse of state resources and positions of power, is considered non-compliance criteria. Thus, there is good reason to assume and make an assessment that the deputies of Ukraine Serhiy Sobolev V., according to the Movement Honestly, does not meet the criteria.

During the parliamentary powers of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of VI convocation deputies of Ukraine Serhiy Sobolev V. repeatedly violated the principle of personal voting at meetings of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. In particular, the evening session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, March 3, 2011 deputies of Ukraine Serhiy Sobolev V. vote cards missing at a meeting of People’s Deputies, as evidenced by video. According to the methodology of the evaluation of integrity of candidates for deputies deputy discrepancy criterion is even a single violation of the principle of personal voting. Thus, Sergey V. Sobolev, according Movement Honestly, does not meet the criteria.

During 2011 was carried out 82 morning and evening plenary sessions of Parliament, for which the official web site of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the available data written registration deputies. According to these data, the deputies of Ukraine Serhiy Sobolev V. attended by 59 morning and evening plenary sessions of Parliament, ie 72% of the plenary sessions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

In 2011 MP Sobolev Sergey V. was a member of the Committee on Justice. According to minutes of meetings of the Committee during 2011 were held 17 meetings of the Committee. Sobolev Sergey V. was present at 7 meetings of the Committee, ie 41% of all Committee meetings held in 2011.

According to the methodology of evaluation of integrity candidates discrepancy criterion is the presence during 2011 to less than 75% of the plenary sessions of Parliament or less than 75% of meetings of the Committee member who was deputy of Ukraine. Thus, according to the Movement Honestly, Sobolev V. Sergey does not meet the criteria.”

Well, I did say he was never present (and untrustworthy) and this would seem to confirm what I said.  So why is this man acting as the face of Ms Tymoshenko’s party along side the leaders of two other parties for the United Opposition?  What is wrong with Mykola Tomenko who I may occasionally disagree with but believe to be a decent and hard working MP from the Tymoshenko stable?

Why Kyrylenko from OU-PSD?  For one, he is weak, or naive, or both, when listening to him on television, and just like Sobolev seems to turn up to work far less than his voting card in the RADA:

“During the parliamentary powers of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of VI convocation deputies of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kirilenko A. repeatedly violated the principle of personal voting at meetings of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. In particular, according to a written record of people’s deputies of Ukraine, he was absent on the evening plenary session of Parliament 21 April 2011 and the morning plenary session of Parliament 11 January 2012, but his voting card was used during the voting at such meetings. According to the methodology of the evaluation of integrity of candidates for deputies, deputy discrepancy criterion is even a single violation of the principle of personal voting. Thus, Vyacheslav Kirilenko A., according to the Movement Honestly, does not meet the criteria.

During 2011 was carried out 82 morning and evening plenary sessions of Parliament, for which the official web site of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the available data written registration deputies. According to these data, the deputies of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kirilenko A. attended by 69 morning and evening plenary sessions of Parliament, ie 84% of the plenary sessions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, conducted in 2011.

In 2011 MP Vyacheslav Kirilenko A. was a member of the Committee on Culture and Spirituality. According to minutes of meetings of the Committee during 2011 were held 25 meetings of the Committee. Vyacheslav A. Kirilenko was present at 11 meetings of the Committee, ie 44% of all Committee meetings held in 2011.

According to the methodology of evaluating candidates integrity, mismatch criterion is the presence during 2011 to less than 75% of the plenary sessions of Parliament or less than 75% of the meetings of Council that was people’s deputy of Ukraine. Thus, according to the Movement Honestly, Vyacheslav A. Kirilenko does not meet the criteria.”

Why not someone like Andriy Parybin, who whilst equally unconvincing as a politician, at least turns up to work more often than not.

Two Party leaders, regardless of their political records must naturally feature in any United Opposition electioneering ad.  But surely the other 2 parties can put up recognisable politicians who turn up to work, are not seen as corrupt, allow their voting cards to vote when they are not present at a vote, don’t fiddle their expenses and are generally transparent about their work inside (if not outside) the RADA.

Why go with those who many, just like I did, know full well the serious weaknesses of Sobolev and Kyrylenko?  Which campaign advisor has allowed these two to be part of the repeatedly televised electioneering on behalf of the United Opposition?

Quite simply – Could do better (and I wish they would do better)!

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