Title

Assessing Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
B-318 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
United States
Unofficial Transcript: 
Staff: 
Name: 
Orest Deychakiwsky
Title Text: 
Policy Advisor
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Paul Carter
Title Text: 
Senior State Department Advisor
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Olha Ajvazovska
Title: 
Board Chair
Body: 
Ukrainian citizen network OPORA
Statement: 
Name: 
Katie Fox
Title: 
Deputy Director-Eurasia
Body: 
National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Statement: 
Name: 
Stephen Nix
Title: 
Regional Director, Eurasia
Body: 
International Republican Institute (IRI)
Statement: 

The Helsinki Commission and a panel of experts assessed Ukraine’s October 28, 2012 parliamentary elections as representing a step backwards compared to its recent national elections. According to the OSCE’s post-election preliminary statement, there was a lack of level playing field, caused primarily by the abuse of administrative resources, the lack of transparency, of campaign and party financing and lack of balanced media coverage. 

Orest Deychakiwsky, policy advisor at the Commission, describes the many shortcomings during and after the elections but highlights that they were not the noncompetitive, farcical, rigged elections often seen in former Soviet states. He was joined by experts from three key organizations working on the ground – Ukrainian citizen network OPORA, National Democratic Institute, and the International Republican Institute – who examined the conduct and results of the election and their implications for Ukraine’s democratic future.

Relevant issues: 
Relevant countries: 
Clear Filters
Close
Filters

What is the OSCE Doing in Ukraine?

Parliamentary Diplomacy

NATO’s Warsaw Summit and the Future of European Security

Internet Freedom in the Age of Dictators and Terrorists

Our Impact by Country

U.S. Delegation to OSCE PA Drives International Action against Human Trafficking, Discrimination, and Anti-Semitism

Helsinki Commission Briefing to Examine Serious Decline in Respect for Human Rights in Azerbaijan

Helsinki Commission Chair, Co-Chair Welcome Savchenko Release; Urge Russia To Comply With Minsk Agreements

I Was Locked Up and Tortured by Putin’s Spooks

Human Rights Violations in Russian-Occupied Crimea

Helsinki Commission Co-Chair Re-Elected as Head of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly First Committee

Chairman Smith Champions Improved Security for European Jewish Communities at Annual Meeting of OSCE Parliamentarians

Helsinki Commission Briefing to Probe Human Rights Violations in Occupied Crimea

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2015

Helsinki Commission Honored for Work on Ukraine

Chairman Smith Leads International Legislators against Human Trafficking, Child Sex Tourism

OSCE Foreign Ministers Meet in Belgrade

Religious Freedom, Anti-Semitism, and Rule of Law in Europe and Eurasia

German Foreign Minister to Testify at Helsinki Commission Hearing

Moldova at a Crossroads

The Helsinki Process: A Four Decade Overview

Serbia Concludes Year-Long OSCE Chairmanship

Pages