AMBASSADOR'S BLOG - UKRAINE'S INSPIRATIONAL ELECTORATE

Kyiv
10.02.10




Here's a link to a great article published by the Foreign Office Europe Minister, Chris Bryant, in the Guardian on 10 February, entitled "Ukraine's inspirational electorate".  I like it particularly because it draws attention to the millions of people who turned out in last Sunday's presidential election second round, in bitter winter conditions, to cast their vote.  It also highlights the role of the hundreds of thousands of election commission workers who did a good job on the day to make sure people could vote and to count the votes afterwards. 

While we're at it, take a look at the guest blog of Andy Tate, Management Officer of the British Embassy here in Kyiv, about being an OSCE/ODIHR election observer.  Ever wondered how the OSCE/ODIHR gathered the information that helped them to conclude that the first and second rounds of the Ukrainian presidential election were democratic and met most OSCE standards?  Here's your chance to find out.  Fine photos, too.

Leigh Turner
British Ambassador to Ukraine

NOTE:  You can read all of Ambassador Turner's blogs by visiting: http://blogs.fco.gov/roller/turner



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