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Also, we observed
in Kyiv on the district level on the following two days. Our reactions were
mixed, but mostly positive. It is our considered opinion that Ukraine made some
significant progress since last year’s local elections as well as the
presidential tally of 2010.

Perhaps the
reason for this generally positive review is that the electorate in Ukraine
over the years has matured to a level of sophistication that exceeds many of
the traditionally democratic societies.

In fact, the
maturation process has been arduous because of the numerous impediments set by
the ruling and financial elite intent on acquiring or retaining power. The
electorate includes not only the some 30 million voters, but the election officials
who were charged with the duties of carrying out the process on the local
precinct and district levels. 

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