At a televised press conference in Kyiv today Yulia Tymoshenko said that her political force is lobbying for two-round mayoral elections not only for Kyiv, but for all cities across the country!
When asked about a single candidate from the anti-Chernovetsky (aka “opposition” on the Kyiv city level) forces in the current Kyiv race, Tymoshenko essentially said that Byut is the most popular political party in Kyiv and should therefore have first dibs on nominating a candidate. Meanwhile, Vitaly Klitschko’s press people said that their candidate has already weighed-in with his registration papers...
Back on March 20, Kommersant-Ukrayina reported that Byut is planning to win nearly 60% of seats in Kyiv city council, based on internal polling.
Rada deputy Anatoly Semynoha, head of the Byut Kyiv city organization, said that the bloc’s electoral list will be compiled by three parties, as was the case in the 2006 elections: Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), Reforms & Order and the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party. (The latter should not to be confused with SPDU(o). Although in Ukrainian politics you could never know.)
Kommersant notes that in last September’s Rada elections, Byut scored the support of 45% of Kyiv-men and women. Two years ago, in the last normal, regular general elections of March 2006, Byut won just 25% in the Kyiv city council vote.
For full report see “У Києві неофіційно стартує виборча кампанія”: http://www.parlamentua.com/ua/full/3929