Assessing Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

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

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.

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