Elections in Ukraine Reflect the Will of the People - Mevlut Cavusoglu

Oct 30, 2012, 06:10 ET from Worldwide News Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine, October 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

The majority of international experts concluded the Ukraine vote to be good and very good, stated the deputy head of the observing mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Mevlut Cavusoglu. The parliamentary elections in Ukraine on October 28th were open, well-organized and represented the will of the people, he said.

Cavusoglu noted that the observers still had to take into account many elements of the election process in order to produce their final conclusion regarding the elections in Ukraine. At the same time, he estimated that 96 percent of the observers evaluated the election process as good or very good. He expressed hope that the elected political parties would join forces for the sake of holding reforms in the country, informs comments.ua.

The head of the observing mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Pawel Kowal, stated that the election campaign in Ukraine was active, but the candidates did not compete on equal terms. He praised the desire of Ukrainian people to be a part of the democratic European countries and appreciated the voter behavior during the Election Day. He said that it was important to talk with Ukraine now regarding the development of its relations with the EU.

The Head of the Delegation of the EU to Ukraine, Jan Tombinski, emphasized that the election was not over with the vote end and the transparency of the vote count was important, informs bbc.co.uk. The statements by many Ukrainian politicians indicated that democracy was functioning in the country, he reckoned. Another international observer, Lidia Lawson, from the U.S., highlighted such democratic aspects of the election process in Ukraine as transparency provided by webcameras and full access of media to the voting process, while the detected violations were not systemic.

Ukraine held parliamentary elections on October 28th, 2012. Voter turnout reached 57.99 percent. Each voter received two ballots, as 225 MPs were chosen through party lists, and the other 225 - in single member districts. After the polling stations closed, the results of five exit polls were made public. The five parties most likely to make it to the Ukrainian parliament are Party of Regions, Batkivshchyna, UDAR, Communist Party of Ukraine, and Svoboda.

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