15:35 27.10.2014

OSCE claims elections in Ukraine held up to democratic standards

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OSCE claims elections in Ukraine held up to democratic standards

Ukrainian authorities have managed to conduct elections in line with the democratic standards, special coordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission Kent Harstedt said.

"The 26 October early parliamentary elections marked an important step in consolidating democratic elections in line with international commitments, and were characterized by many positive aspects, including an impartial and efficient Central Election Commission (CEC), competitive contests that offered voters real choice, and general respect for fundamental freedoms," he said at a press conference in Kyiv on Monday.

The new parliament should ensure that key reforms are passed, and grievances should be resolved with respect for the rule of law and through democratic institutions, the observer said.

"At this crucial moment for the future of their country, Ukraine's institutions and voters responded to daunting challenges with an election that largely upheld democratic commitments," Harstedt added.

He said that in most of the country, election day proceeded calmly, with few disturbances and only isolated security incidents reported.

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