The criticism by the bloc – which has frozen a trade deal
with Ukraine because of concerns over the country’s political
and justice systems – came a day after final election results
showed the ruling party would likely keep its grip on
President Viktor Yanukovich’s Party of the Regions remained
the biggest party in the 450-seat parliament, gaining an overall
185 seats, but was thought likely to retain control with support
from communists and independents.
“We express our concern about the conduct of the post
electoral process, which was marred by irregularities, delays in
the vote count and lack of transparency in the electoral
commissions,” EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and
enlargement commissioner Stefan Fule said in a statement.