Local elections in Ukraine were "solid and mature", despite minor violations took place, said Emanuelis Zingeris, the head of PACE delegation to Ukraine, Delfi.
"We have observed the elections from 8 in the morning. Despite numerous minor violations, people came with their own decisions about candidates and parties. And this picture was really amazing that people voted calmly, the party representatives and representatives of social movements were observing, the commissions were independent, indeed, and most of the people really came to vote freely on their own," said Zingeris.
"Elections seemed to be mature, opened, everything is transmitted to the publicity by the journalists. Even in the villages I've seen cameras and representatives of various parties were there too. I think that there were little opportunities to falsify the electoral process, and there is a self-control between the parties, and there is real competition," said the official. He also emphasized that these are the first local elections after the fall of Yanukovych's regime. "Numerous violations, which were recorded in the days of Viktor Yanukovych, but they did not take place on these elections, and the country is moving in the direction of European standards," noted Zingeris.
The voter turnout in Ukraine's local elections, held October 25, was around 46.6%. Civil network “Opora”, which organized nation-wide observation over the election process, reported about 1061 case of violations. In Mariupol and Krasnoarmiysk, government-controlled areas of Donetsk region, election process was failed, voting did not take place. The head of Luhansk regional administration Heorhiy Tuka stated that elections in Rubizhne and Severodonetsk are null and void.