ENEMO says second round of mayoral elections in Ukraine held in line with intl standards, notes minor issues
The mission of the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) has said that the second round of local elections in Ukraine on November 15 was generally held in line with international standards.
"The second round of local elections in Ukraine was in line with most international standards for free and democratic elections, however, certain legal provisions leave room for doubt and discussion," Head of the ENEMO mission Zlatko Vujovic said at a press conference on Tuesday.
In particular, the main issues were the non-transparent financing of the election campaign, unequal access of candidates to the media, and unbalanced representation of participants in the electoral process in election commissions.
According to Vujovic, the ENEMO mission was made up of 50 long-term and 90 short-term observers.
Coordinator of the ENEMO long-term observer mission Florin Poenaru pointed out that observers assessed the voting process on November 15 as "good" or "very good" at 98.9% of polling stations, which indicates an improvement in the organization of the second round of elections.
At the same time, in some cases members of the commission didn't have adequate training and were not familiar with the electoral law, which lead to technical errors.
However, according to Poenaru, the main issue that causes concern was bribery of voters. There were also cases of photographed ballots, which may indicate vote-buying.
For his part, Deputy Chief of ENEMO Mission Dritan Taulla expressed satisfaction with the work of the judiciary, especially as the inhabitants of Pavlohrad were able to hold the second round of mayoral elections.