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Foreign Ministry: European lawmaker's statement on undemocratic elections in Ukraine is his personal opinion

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Aug. 21, 2012, 6:24 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has said that recent statements of some of European parliamentarians on allegedly undemocratic character of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine is their personal opinion and called on the MEPs to draw conclusions following the elections.
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The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has said that recent statements of some of European parliamentarians on allegedly undemocratic character of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine is their personal opinion and called on the MEPs to draw conclusions following the elections.

"We consider evaluative judgments on the upcoming elections to the Verkhovna Rada that have been spread by the media citing some members of the European Parliaments as personal opinions of some European parliamentarians that do not reflect the official position of the EU. Considering the fact that further rapprochement of Ukraine and the EU is our priority, we have proved our commitment to democratic values not once. Respect to the principle of the supremacy of law is important in this context," the ministry's spokesman Oleksandr Dykusarov told Interfax-Ukraine.

He stressed that the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine respects "commentaries of our partners regarding drawbacks of the justice system in our country and upon analysis Ukraine takes relevant measures to achieve specific results in practice."

"At the same time, it is obvious that conclusions regarding democratic character of the elections should be drawn on their results, and not three months before the voting," Dykusarov said.

He added that MEPs that will observe the parliamentary elections in October 2012 "will be able to draw their own conclusions following them."

Earlier, in an interview with Ukrainian media, a member of the European Parliament, Elmar Brok, said that the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine could be declared undemocratic today.

He said that the refusal of the Central Election Commission to admit former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko, former Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko, and other oppositional politicians to run for the elections is unacceptable.

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joseph gregg Aug. 22, 2012, 12:13 a.m.    

I suppose this means Korolevska project is approved of by the current ruling party. Will the courts be as kind to Svoboda where it benefits POR?

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joseph gregg Aug. 22, 2012, 12:14 a.m.    

The above was meant for the story on Shevchenko.

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AL BALA Aug. 22, 2012, 6:13 p.m.    

Gee ?

Actually !

If they did not allow Shevchenko then how could thy allow the son of Azarov the Anti-Ukrainian ? ? ?

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AL BALA Aug. 22, 2012, 6:08 p.m.    

Gee ?

For homo-sovieticus logic and facts are an "opinion ! !

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 22, 2012, 7:19 p.m.    

The problem with the elections is in its structure and design. The MMP system and the first-past-the-post voting system is inherently unrepresentative and undemocratic. Under a first-past-the-post voting system a candidate can be elected with less than 59% of the vote and as little as 30% support.

The Venice Commissdion rightly has critised the model adopted preferring instead the establishment of multi member local electorates.

Such a model with members of parliament elected by a system of preferential proportional representation would have been more democratic and representative.

No matter the outcome of the election it will not be accepted by the losing side with either side claiming flaws in the system.

Irrespective of the outcome of the election the President still hold all the trump card and power.

Ukraine will never be a free independent democratic state as long as Ukraine remains beholden to Presidential rule.

The ongoing power struggle between the office of the President and the people's democratically eected Parliament will continue to divide Ukraine.

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