Avesta.Tj | 28.10.2014 | On October 26 this year Ukraine held pre-term elections of peoples’ deputies of Ukraine. According to preliminary assessments by international observers and foreign leaders the elections were free, transparent and fully in line with democratic standards. Observers noted that violations were minor and did not affect the overall progress of the elections.
Ukrainian society confirmed the mandate of trust given them by European democratic society during early presidential elections.
Winners of the elections have already begun the process of forming a new parliamentary majority, building a coalition and a new government. They also began work on Coalition Agreement to allow the President of Ukraine to implement “Strategy-2020” without delay, which will bring Ukraine closer to European standards and contribute to a peaceful resolution of the situation in the east of our state.
Opposition candidates received only 10% of the vote in single-seat electoral districts, as well as a significant number of votes in multi-seat districts. This confirms the freedom of choice of Ukrainian citizens.
Many new politicians will come to the new parliament, mostly representatives of civil society. Although many members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine discredited themselves as politicians, the arrival of new members gives a reason to hope for a renewal of the Ukrainian political landscape.
Because of the complex security situation during the early parliamentary elections of peoples’ deputies of Ukraine, voting did not take place in some districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Despite the creation of a relevant legislative framework in Ukraine, Ukrainians residing in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol could not take part in election.
In this regard, Russia once again displayed double standards: on the one hand, Russian officials are calling on Ukrainian authorities to support an inclusive national dialogue and on the other hand – their aggressive actions in Crimea and in some parts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions deprived Ukrainian citizens the opportunity to take part in elections to freely and democratically choose legitimate representatives of the region, who will represent their interest in the highest legislative body of Ukraine.
However, the Ukrainian authorities, including the newly elected members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, will do everything to ensure the sovereign right of choice for the citizens of Ukraine in Crimea and in 15 districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, where voting’s did not take place. For this purpose, newly elected members of the Verkhovna Rada plan to make an issue of changes in the law “On Elections of People Deputies”, which will allow to repeat parliamentary elections in aforementioned 15 constituencies, once constitutional order and the electoral rights of citizens of Ukraine will be restored.
The Central Election Commission of Ukraine has developed a special bill that would allow for early parliamentary elections in the Crimea and Sevastopol. The bill is scheduled to be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine once it convenes.
Free and fair parliamentary elections have become an important step in the effective continuation of the political dialogue at the national level. The next step in the formation of a coherent system of state power in Ukraine should be local elections in some regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions scheduled for the December 7th.
Special elections to local government bodies in the Donbas will be held in the strict accordance with Ukrainian legislation, and with transparent monitoring by credible observer missions. This is the only legal way to elect new local representatives, who will have a credible mandate of public trust in the east of Ukraine to represent the interests of this region. Holding any “local elections” organized in this region of Ukraine by so-called organizations like “LNR” or “DNR” will hinder the process of peaceful resolution of the situation in the Donbas, is contrary to the Minsk Agreement and will not be recognized by the international community.
We call on the international community to increase pressure on the Russian Federation, so that as a signatory of the Minsk Protocol to influence militants and terrorists they control in order to ensure the safe and secure conduct of local elections on December 7th.