Following presidential elections in Ukraine, the European Parliament delegation head to the International Election Observation Mission (IEOM), Rebecca Harms, made a statement on 22 April.
“First of all we would like to congratulate the citizens of Ukraine for their deep commitment to democracy, demonstrated in competitive elections in which they had a free choice,” Harms said. “We also welcome the statesmanship demonstrated by the incumbent in accepting the democratic choice of Ukrainians on election night, even after the heated campaign.”
She added that the vote on 21 April is “a victory of the Ukrainian people”. “The election was conducted in a peaceful and orderly fashion, paving the way for a democratic transition of power in the Presidency,” Harms highlighted, praising Ukrainians for showing up at polling stations in large numbers to decide on the future of their country.
“No acts of violence have been observed and reported. This is all the more crucial to underline given the very specific situation in which these elections took place,” Harms underlined.
“I sincerely regret that many Ukrainians could not vote because Russia has illegally annexed Crimea and the aggression continues in Eastern Ukraine,” the European Parliament delegation head to the IEOM stressed.
“The election took place against the backdrop of the war, which is devastating eastern Ukraine. It has been launched by Russian President Putin and the objective is to destabilise Ukraine,” concluded the statement.
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