Ukrainian Voters Committee predicts 'significant problems' in second round of elections in three cities
The Ukrainian Voters Committee said the local elections in Ukraine are generally democratic, but pointed out possible problems during the second round of mayoral elections on November 15.
"Generally, we have every reason to say that, despite some technical procedural violations, despite the few significant violations of the current legislation, the local elections, if we speak about the voting day and the night when the ballots were counted, we generally meet the high democratic standards," Oleksiy Koshel, the head of the Ukrainian Voters Committee, told a press conference in Kyiv on Monday.
At the same time, the Ukrainian Voters Committee pointed out that there are "potential problems" in the November 15 second round of the elections. Specifically, observers are pointing to three regional centers: Dnepropetrovsk, Uzhgorod and Odesa.
"Speaking about big cities, these are the three cities where considerable problems may occur. That is the reason why our organization is asking the Central Elections Commission, the Verkhovna Rada to come up with a mechanism of solutions for centralized printing of ballots with a protection system," Koshel said.
Koshel also said the elections in Mariupol, Donetsk region, should be postponed until 2016.
"The Verkhovna Rada should not jump to conclusions and organize voting in Mariupol on November 15, simultaneously with the second round of elections [of mayors of big cities] as it may cause problems and again disrupt the electoral process," Koshel said.