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The parliamentary elections in Ukraine were held in compliance with the international standards
29 October 2014 11:57

The early parliamentary elections were held in Ukraine on October 26, 2014. According to the Central Election Commission of Ukraine (CEC) turnout was 52.42 % (electoral threshold – 5%). As of October 29, 2014, the CEC has processed 97,85% of electronic protocols of the vote.

Updated voting results according to the CEC:

1. The People's Front Party (leader – Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk) holds the lead, with 22.17 % of the vote.

2. The Bloc of Petro Poroshenko (leader – Kyiv city mayor Vitalii Klichko) -21.82%.

3. Samopomich Union (leader – Lviv city mayor Andrii Sadovyi) – 11.01%.

4. The Opposition Bloc (leader – former Vice Primer Yuriy Boiko) - 9.35%.

5. Oleh Liashko's Radical Party (leader – Oleh Liashko) - 7.44%.

6. Batkivshchyna (leader – Yulia Tymoshenko) - 5.68%.

On 26 October 2014 the OSCE published its preliminary report on the parliamentary election in Ukraine. According to the report the elections marked an important step in consolidating democratic elections in line with international commitments, and were characterized by many positive aspects, including competitive contests that offered voters real choice, and general respect for fundamental freedoms. Voting and counting were transparent and assessed positively. Read more: http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/126043

High officials from foreign countries and international organizations congratulated Ukrainian people on holding successful and democratic parliamentary elections. In particular, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed hope the early parliamentary elections will help establish lasting peace and stability in Ukraine. In joint statement President of the European Council H.V.Rompuy and President of the European Commission J.M.Barroso called the parliamentary elections a victory of the people of Ukraine and of democracy. The President of the European Parliament M. Schulz stated that Ukrainians could be proud of what they had achieved, of the freedom that they had regained through these orderly, fair and pluralist elections. US President B.Obama emphasized that the US stands ready to support the choices of the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s new government. NATO Secretary General J.Stoltenberg noted the Alliance continues to support Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

Most of foreign high officials expressed regret that many Ukrainians were unable to exercise their democratic right to vote in Crimea, which was illegally annexed by Russia in March, and in districts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, where violence and intimidation of voters by Russian-backed separatists continued.

International partners emphasized that the results of parliamentary elections had showed that people of Ukraine had clearly made the European choice. It would allow a new Ukraine’s government to implement the reforms necessary to promote further democratic development, strengthen the rule of law, and foster economic stability and growth in Ukraine.

More than two thousand foreign observers monitored the election in Ukraine. 300 international observers represented 21 countries and almost 2,000 observers – 20 different international organizations.

According to preliminary estimations of the international observers, the elections in Ukraine were transparent, free and fully comply with all democratic standards. All violations that were reported by international observers were minor or were such that could not affect on the overall progress of the vote.

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