Right Sector in Mariupol: “Here to defend Ukraine, not elections”. Photo Jerome Sessini.

On October 25, Bloomberg Business reported:

Local elections in Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol, a key location on the line separating Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, were abandoned on Sunday after a local commission rejected paper ballots as inaccurate.

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko ordered an investigation into the snafu, and voters may get the chance to try again in November.

Voting in the southeastern Ukraine city was first delayed, and then scrapped for the day, because officials didn’t have the correct paper ballots, Yegor Steshenko, deputy chief of the local electoral commission, said in a telephone interview.

The problems emerged on a day millions of Ukrainians cast ballots in a series of contests to elect mayors and other local officials. In areas where the process ran smoothly, voting ended at 8 p.m. local time.


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