The second round of elections of mayors of large cities, which took place in Ukraine fifteen January, in General was well organized, said the head of OSCE ODIHR mission, Tana de Zulueta, at a press conference on the first day of the week.
The second round of elections in local authorities was held on Sunday, November fifteen, in 29 cities of Ukraine, for example, re-valaisiana took place in the biggest cities: Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Kherson, Nikolaev, Zaporozhye, Poltava, Uzhgorod and Chernihiv. The official results of the 2nd round must be determined before November 20, inclusive.
"About the election on 25 October (the first round of the elections - ed.) we could make a positive assessment. A very positive assessment of the conduct of yesterday's elections, where the Process of drawing up statements still held, our Observers still on the ground. But we can already tell, due to the reports of our observers that was organized by well-targeted staff of election commissions on the ground. The process is very good in 99% of cases where they were observed ", - said the head of the OSCE observer mission, noting that they received only one complaint.
in her expressions, Observers underline the importance of the 2nd round, which for the first time was used under the new law.
in addition, the Observers of the OSCE / ODIHR in its own statement, which was issued after the briefing, emphasize that the Second round of mayoral elections in Ukraine was marked by the influence of business interests on the electoral Process in most areas, as well as the concentration of the efforts of many candidates, rather on the formation of local coalitions, instead of communicating with voters. Observers stressed the good work of the electoral commissions for organization of voting and counting the votes.
"However, unreasonable and often too late replacements from the territorial commissions have raised serious concerns about their independence," - said the head of the mission. Along with this, the Observers said that the preparation for the second round of elections was negatively affected by delays in determining the results of the elections first round held on October 25.
"the lack of trust in the authorities responsible for organizing and conducting elections, as well as the shortcomings of the law were the source of most of the issues identified in the process of these elections. Ought to launch a comprehensive reform to increase the confidence from those coming to the elections ", - emphasized Observers.