Observers of the 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, said press coordinator of SILBA Andrew Bendtsen.
"as long as the results are in General positive at the time of closure of polling stations. The election Commission on local elections looked well-equipped and well-trained. However, several problem have been documented incidents of possible bribery of voters, " said Bendtsen, UNIAN reports.
SILBA is the largest national delegation on the local elections in Ukraine, it is composed of 31 observers. All of them are Danish citizens, and in the elections they are accompanied by 24 Ukrainian translator. The delegation divided into 14 teams, which carry out observation at 150 polling stations. SILBA promotes democracy in Eastern Europe. The organization was founded in 1994 and is actively involved in the democratic processes in the Baltic States. The CEC of Ukraine has registered 33 international observer from Denmark. Local Elections were held in Ukraine on Sunday on the new electoral law. 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. 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%. However, about 20% of the polling stations in local elections in Ukraine were opened with a delay, 237 does not open at all. The elections were initiated in all regions except Mariupol and Krasnoarmeysk, where they were cancelled. As emphasized in the territorial election Commission, 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 ordered the Parliament 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. Human rights activists summed up numerous violations during the electoral process and predicted a small turnout. The Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine has already received over 340 reports related to violations during the elections.