Desperate Ukrainians went to surreal extremes on Sep. 30 in apparent attempts to influence a fiercely contested parliamentary election that has split the country. But it was unlikely the kidnappings, ballot box smashing or hit-and-run vote-stuffing would affect the poll, in which allies of the Western-leaning president are neck and neck with those of his Moscow-backed prime minister.
Two men in black drove a black Mercedes to a polling station in the southern region of Crimea and forced two election officials into their car, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
They drove them to the edge of the town, "told them to behave themselves in a democratic manner and let them go," a police source told the news agency. The motive for the kidnapping was unclear.
Meanwhile, in an unfortunate attempt to make his vote count, a man wanted for mugging in the Cherkassy region in central Ukraine went to the local police station to get a passport so he could cast a ballot, Interfax reported.
He was swiftly arrested.
Others decided to bypass the legal niceties and take direct action.
A woman in nearby Kirovgrad region grabbed a handful of ballots and stuffed them into a ballot box before running out of the station, Interfax reported.
And in the southern region of Crimea, a drunk arrived at a polling station and smashed a ballot box with his foot, a local official said, although it was unclear if he was hoping to affect the tallies.
"We are investigating if he did it on purpose or it was an accident," RIA Novosti quoted a police spokeswoman as saying.(AFP)
Sam: I'm off to the polling station. Do you want to come too?
Sue: How are you getting there?
Sam: I'm going to walk. I think it'll take about 20 minutes to get there.
Sue: Nah, I can't be bothered. Anyway I don't really like any of the candidates.
Sam: Sue! You really ought to vote you know. It's not only a hard earned right, it's also your civic duty.
civic duty 公民責任
A civic duty or civic responsibility is something that you ought to do as a citizen. An example of a civic duty is serving on a jury.
「civic duty」或是「civic responsibility」指身為一個公民應該做的事情。其中一個公民責任的例子就是擔任陪審員。
neck and neck 並駕齊驅
The expression neck and neck comes from horse racing. When two horses are very close together in a race they are neck and neck with each other.
A similar expression is dead heat. Dead heat also comes from horse racing and describes a situation where it is difficult to determine who has won. For example: "The elections have been pretty exciting this time round. It looks like a dead heat between the pink party and the yellow party."
「neck and neck」這個片語源自於賽馬運動。當兩匹馬在比賽中跑得非常接近時，牠們就是不分上下。
1. surreal adj.
荒誕不經的 (huang1 dan4 bu4 jing1 de5)
例: The play was rather surreal to say the least.
2. ballot box n.
選票箱 (xuan3 piao4 xiang1)
例: All ballot boxes must be sealed by 8pm.
3. polling station n.
投票所 (tou2 piao4 suo3)
例:What time does the polling station close?
4. mugging n.
行兇搶劫 (xing2 xiong1 qiang3 jie2)
例: It's best not to walk in the park late at night -- there are often muggings there.
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