TV and video crews cram the aisles. Finally, the OSCE/ODIHR mission announce that, in their view, the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election has met most OSCE and Council of Europe commitments.
Leaders of the mission talk of “an impressive display of democratic elections” and “a well-administered and truly competitive election offering voters a clear choice”. Soon after, congratulations start rolling in from international leaders. Ukraine’s international standing is strengthened.
Around the time of the 2010 presidential elections in Ukraine I wrote several blogs (see eg here and here) about how the conduct of those elections would have the best chance of being recognised by the international community. The importance of a good OSCE/ODIHR observer mission was central to that case.