Elections in Ukraine were not fair, says OSCE short-term mission coordinator
The elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine were not fair, according to Walburga Habsburg Douglas, the special coordinator leading the short-term OSCE observer mission and head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's delegation.
"Our report already reflects the fact that it is not fair to exclude a person from the party list, and that international observers have to visit the prison to see how this person voted... We said that these were unfair elections. I think that we won't change this part of our statement, even if we do change the final statement," Habsburg Douglas told reporters in Kharkiv on Tuesday.
Head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Human Rights Matteo Mecacci, in turn, said the mission is not making decisions concerning the recognition or non-recognition of the election results, but only monitors their progress, notes the problems, and makes recommendations on how to address them.
"We monitor the elections, we do not make any decisions about the election results. The assessment made in the statement is final. We will give a list of very detailed recommendations to Ukraine's authorities in order to solve some of the problems that we highlighted," he said.
"We hope we will be able to discuss all of our recommendations with the government of Ukraine before Ukraine chairs the OSCE next year," Habsburg Douglas said.