EUROPE KEEPS A CLOSE EYE...

05.11.10


Radio Svoboda has tonight reported that the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, expressed concern at the reports of a number of observer missions, who flagged up violations during Ukraine's local elections held on 31 October.

In particular, Baroness Ahton said that such violations, which related mainly to matters of electoral legislation and internal organisation, undermined public confidence in the electoral process and hindered democracratic processes in Ukraine.

She 
welcomed the readiness expressed by President Viktor Yanukovych to adopt a new Electoral Code drawing on conclusions from the recent local elections.  However, such a code needs to be adopted well in advance of any election otherwise it remain contrary to international electoral norms.

Baroness Ashton reiterrated the EU's readiness to support Ukraine in implementing major democratic reform.

She added that the EU will closely monitor the completion of the local election process, review complaints and appeals, and will pay attention to the announcement of final results.



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