The U.S. state Department called held on Sunday in Ukraine Local Elections are an important step in the reform and decentralization of power.
"according to initial reports from international observers, These Elections mostly reflect the will of the Ukrainian people and the majority respected the democratic process ", – results in the message of state Department of RIA " Novosti "." These Local Elections – an important step at the moment, as Ukraine continues to move forward with difficult reforms and decentralization of political power ", - has noted in the state Department.
American foreign Ministry expressed hope that the second round of the mayoral elections fifteen of November will be successful." We also expect that citizens in Mariupol and in other places where it could not spend valaisiana will have the opportunity to exercise That right fifteen November ", – the statement reads." We also hope that people in conflict zones, internally displaced persons and refugees will soon be able to exercise their right in electing leaders in Accordance with the legislative acts of Ukraine, the OSCE standards and appeals of the Minsk agreements ", — concluded at the state Department. The OSCE said that Local Elections in Ukraine were " competitive and well organized in General, the campaign in General showed respect for the democratic process ". The head of the Donetsk national Republic Alexander Zakharchenko on the first day of the week said that the Elections to the Local bodies of power in Ukraine were held with numerous violations." They are a farce and show that the degradation of the political life of the country ", - has said. Local Elections were held in Ukraine on Sunday on the new electoral law. Regional, city and district councils elected under the proportional system with open lists. The results must be determined before November 4 and made public for five days. The election turnout was 46, and 62%. The turnout at the elections of the mayor of Kiev and the city Council of the capital of Ukraine was 41, 87%. The Kyiv city Council said that the Elections in the capital of Ukraine can be considered valid, but received 350 messages about different violations during the voting. So, observers of international public organization SILBA (support Initiative for liberty and democracy) from Denmark, who has followed the local elections in Ukraine, highlighted the possible facts of bribery of voters. In addition, human rights defenders concluded, and the Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine received over 340 reports related to violations during the elections. About 20% of the polling stations in local elections in Ukraine were opened with a delay, 237 does not open at all. Elections were held in all regions, Except for Mariupol and Krasnoarmeysk, where they were cancelled. This is due to errors in printing ballots. In the Opposition bloc told that the responsibility for the violation of the electoral process in Mariupol and Krasnoarmeysk is himself on the President of Ukraine Petra Poroshenko. Poroshenko told the Verkhovna Rada to amend the law to allow elections in Mariupol In the current year. Elections were not held on Kiev-controlled territories in 125 cities and towns of Donetsk region and in 146 – Luhansk that are in the area of So-called military operation of Kiev.