KIEV, Ukraine -- The Batkivschyna (Fatherland) party's leader Yulia Tymoshenko has said that fake ballot papers have been printed in Kharkiv for the upcoming local elections.
According to the statement, an employee of the Folio Plius printing plant telephoned the Kharkiv headquarters of the Batkivschyna party at about 07:00 on Saturday to inform it that fake ballot papers for the local elections were being printed at the printing plant without a government contract.
According to the statement, representatives of the party's headquarters found the fake ballot papers when they went to the printing plant and managed to seize some of them.
"They seized what they could seize - cut and uncut ballot papers printed on large sheets of paper - and it is already clear that the Folio Plus printing plant did not have an official contract to print ballot papers," Tymoshenko said.
She added that European institutions as well as local international and local election observers have been informed about the incident.
Tymoshenko is also demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych and the Prosecutor-General's Office launch a criminal case in connection with the illegal printing of ballot papers in Kharkiv.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Odesa mayoral candidate Valeriy Pesetskyi has said that fake ballot papers could be printed at the Chornomorie printing publishing house.
Local elections in Ukraine are scheduled for October 31.