Brussels, 29 October 2012
Joint statement by High Representative/Vice-President Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle, on the parliamentary elections in Ukraine
We followed closely the pre-electoral period and Sunday’s voting process in Ukraine. The turnout shows the Ukrainian citizens’ attachment to a democratic and pluralistic society. Vote counting is not yet fully completed.
We take full note of the International Observation Mission’s preliminary findings on the conduct of the elections which presents a mixed picture with several shortcomings, and of the difficulties faced by the local electoral observers. The final assessment will also depend on the post-electoral developments, which we will watch closely. It is therefore particularly important that the Ukrainian authorities ensure a proper conduct in the coming stages of the electoral process, notably as regards the remaining vote count, tabulation of results and following up on possible electoral complaints.
We expect that the future Verkhovna Rada will fully reflect the will of the Ukrainian voters, as expressed during Sunday’s elections.
We reiterate our regret that the consequences of trials that did not respect international standards have prevented opposition representatives from standing in the parliamentary elections, and call on the authorities to address this matter and take further steps to reform the judiciary to avoid their recurrence.
Our engagement with Ukraine towards political association and economic integration remains based on its respect for our common values. We are committed to continue to work towards using the full potential of our relations for the benefit of the citizens of Ukraine and the EU.