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Elections in Ukraine: fair and democratic

After splitting sides, leaders of the Orange Revolution may soon be both out of office

Presidential elections in Ukraine are over. The big news: elections were endorsed by the EU and democracy watchdogs. Opinions vary from lukewarm approval to congratulations for excellently administered vote.

“Some say the Orange Revolution has failed. I say no. Thanks to the Orange Revolution, democratic elections in Ukraine are now a reality,” said Matyas Eörsi, Head of the delegation of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly. Only a day ago Matyas Eörsi commented that last-minutes amendments in election law are ‘totally unacceptable by any international standards’.

“The pessimistic scenarios put forward before election day were proven wrong by the overwhelmingly efficient and non-partisan manner in which election commissions performed yesterday and by the high turnout.

Ukraine is setting a pattern of democratic elections. The Ukrainian people, who have shown their commitment to a democratic electoral process, now deserve a peaceful transition of power,” said Bulgarian MP Assen Agov, Head of the delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

“Any functioning democracy needs not only to focus on the election day itself. What it also needs is a wider legal framework guaranteeing the transparency of the political process including the financing of political parties and candidates,” said Pawel Kowal, Head of the delegation of the European Parliament.

“This has been a well-administered and truly competitive election offering voters a clear choice. It will now be crucial to establish unambiguous rules and close the gaps in the law well in advance of any new election in order to avoid the uncertainties that marked this election,” said Heidi Tagliavini, Head of the election observation mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

You can read some voters’ opinions here.

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