Ukraine will not open polling stations in Transnistria

Republic of Moldova residents having the Ukrainian citizenship, including those living in Moldova’s Transnistrian region, will be able to take part in the January 17, 2010 Ukrainian presidential elections only at the two polling stations that will be opened at the Ukrainian Embassy in Chisinau and at the Ukrainian Consulate in Balti city.

Said Ukrainian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Moldova Sergei Pirozhkov during his meeting with Transnistrian leader Igor Smirnov here on Thursday.

The diplomat said that according to the law and by decision of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission, no stations shall be opened in the Transnistrian region because such facilities are arranged only at the country’s diplomatic missions abroad and at Ukraine’s military subdivisions deployed in foreign countries.

The CEC has drawn up a list of 25 countries, where 376 thousand citizens of Ukraine are residing permanently, and where polling stations will be opened. The largest numbers of Ukrainian voters are in Germany (nearly 102 thousand), in the Republic of Moldova (71.3 thousand), and in Russia (57.2 thousand). In the Republic of Moldova, an overwhelming majority of Ukraine citizens live in Transnistria. In Ukraine, dual citizenship is prohibited by law.

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