Tuesday, May 27, 2008

At the polling station on Sunday:

Inside the polling booth - two ballots, both ridiculously long:


  1. That's just crazy! BTW your photos this week are excellent!

  2. When I was an election observer back in September, there were "only" 30 or so parties, heh!

  3. So you went into that booth with your cell phone? So much for Horbal's "ni mobiltsi v kabintsi" campaign!;)

  4. With my Canon camera, actually.

    I had a look at the election law, but failed to find where it says that voters are not allowed to take pictures of their ballots. Is there a specific article or something?

    I've sure missed Horbal's campaign - as well as everyone else's, more or less, this time. Thank you for your great pics and video updates, Taras!

    As far as I understand it, some folks vote for a certain candidate, then photograph their ballots with cell phone cameras and collect 50 hryvnias or so from that candidate's people as they leave the polling station. And I also remember that in 2004 the only way for students of some colleges to get an okay grade was to vote for Yanukovych and present a photo proof of their vote to their deans or whatever.

  5. Canon? I’ve got one, too!

    Of course, there’s no law against me bringing a camera unless I intend to use it for election fraud, in a manner you outlined.

    So, given the Party of Regions' past performance, “ni mobiltsi v kabintsi” sounded quite self-deprecating, I guess.

    Speaking of cameras, I can’t help but recall all those “candid camera” Orange Revolution videos.

    At one Sumy college, students would make a beeline for the ballot box, exhibiting their ballot sheet entries to a “checkpoint” instructor, who would cast furtive glances.

  6. Hiya! Superb stuff you've got here. The ballot paper reminded me of one in a constituency a few years ago in India where several dozen people stood for elections for the legislative assembly. Now, to allow an illiterate person to vote for the candidate of his or her choice, candidates are marked out by the icons or graphic symbols of their political parties (a lotus, say, or a spinning wheel, or an upraised palm), so the paper was dotted with little pictures throughout. Very picturesque!

    We also had electoral fraud on a massive scale, compared to which, I'm happy to say, you guys in Ukraine have it good! :-)

  7. I finally have high speed internet and can see your photos! They are awesome! Good work!