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OSCE to recognize the legitimacy of elections

OSCE to recognize the legitimacy of elections
Translated by: Myron Nechuiviter

The inability to organize voting in some areas of Ukraine cannot affect the legitimacy of the results of the parliamentary elections in Ukraine. This statement was made by Doris Barnett, the head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly observation mission (Germany).

“We have no right to claim that because certain territories of Ukraine were unable to participate in the elections, they are illegitimate,” she said.

She noted that those who were making claims that these elections were illegitimate because certain parts of Ukraine were unable to vote, were in fact trying to discredit and rig the elections.

Also, Barnett emphasized that she saw “well-organized polling stations with a large number of peacefully-minded people, and they do not have to stand in lines.”

In turn, the head of the short-term OSCE election observation mission Kent Härstedt (Sweden) said that the main problem of these elections is a large number of internally displaced persons, and the need to ensure that they had equal rights to vote on the election day. He mentioned security at the polling stations and the entire territory of Ukraine as the other issue of concern due to threats of violence on the day of election.

“Given the present difficult conditions in the country, we see high expectations and a lot of effort on the part of Ukraine. Despite the large number of threats to use violence on the eve of elections, we hope that this day will pass peacefully,” said Härstedt.

Translated by: Myron Nechuiviter
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