Strasbourg, 16.12.2013 – A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), invited by the Ukrainian authorities, was present in the Ukraine during the repeat parliamentary elections on 15 December 2013. The delegation noted that election day was calm at the polling stations it visited. It noted also the well-ordered running of the election during the day. After the closing of the polling stations, cases of irregularities were reported by different observers.
During this visit, the delegation met the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, the leaders and representatives of parliamentary factions, the Chairman and members of the Central Election Commission, as well as representatives of civil society.
As for the campaign, the delegation was informed by its interlocutors of the misuse of administrative resources, of the increased role of financial resources because the campaign was so short, and of a significant number of so-called “technical candidates” who did not have any real intention of being elected. (more...)
Ukraine and the Council of Europe