The final report by
the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights on
the Oct. 28 parliamentary elections in Ukraine concludes the
elections were characterized by the lack of a level playing field, and
recommends measures to improve the transparency and impartiality of the
The report, issued on Jan. 3, notes that the elections were
marked by the abuse of state resources, lack of transparency of campaign
and party financing and the lack of balanced media coverage.
While the electoral law adopted in November 2011 contains a number of
improvements and could provide a sound foundation for the conduct of
democratic elections if properly implemented, the report says that
further improvements are required in order to fully comply with OSCE and
other international commitments. Issues cited include the full
enjoyment of candidacy rights, adequate campaign finance provisions and
more effective sanctions for serious violations of the law.