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New Democracy Foundation Will Poll the People of Ukraine

May 13, 2010

KIEV, Ukraine, May 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — A new non-political Democracy
Foundation called ‘People First’ is being launched today in Ukraine’s
capital. Its organisers aim to involve the Ukrainian people in shaping the
country’s future democratic development through a series of national internet
and postal referenda.

Ukrainians living in the country and abroad will be encouraged to
participate in a series of referenda, the results of which will form the
basis of a ‘People’s Charter.’ This document will represent the most
comprehensive public consultation of what Ukrainians want from their elected
leaders and will be the foundation for dialogue with the president,
government, political parties and NGOs.

“Our goal is simple, to ensure that the views and aspirations of the
people are reflected in Ukraine’s democratic development,” said Ivan
Matieshin
, the President of the People First Foundation. “Democracy is the
voice of the people and our programme is designed to give the people a voice
that is loud enough to reverberate through the corridors of power not only in
Ukraine but right across the world.”

The new foundation has no alignment or allegiance to any political party
or political doctrine. It is open to all parties and individuals to join.
That includes all existing and future parties interested in furthering
democracy in Ukraine.

“We will not concern ourselves with party politics and policies,” said

Viktor Tkachuk, one of the founders of People First, “we will leave that to
politicians. Our concern is strengthening democratic principles and
encouraging the development of a strong civic society.”

People First was founded by Ukrainians concerned about the democratic
direction of the country. Currently, it is being financed solely by Ukrainian
businessman Ivan Matieshin. However, it will seek additional donors in
Ukraine and abroad. It is a transparent organisation and all donations will
be publicly recognised on its website along with its accounts.

A nationwide advertising campaign will start in June 2010. Depending upon
the initial research results, the first referendum is scheduled for July. The
following referenda will take place between autumn 2010 and spring 2011. Data
protection software and stringent procedures will ensure that voting is not
manipulated and that voters’ details are kept secure and private. Three
months have been allocated for experts to put together the Charter.

People First wants a truly democratic Ukraine where the will of the
people is recognised as the sole source of State Authority.

    For further information, please contact:
    Martin Nunn
    People First
    Tel: +380-44-536-1508
    Mob: +380-67-233-7333
    Email: martin.nunn@peoplefirst.org.ua

http://www.peoplefirst.org.ua/

SOURCE People First


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