Local elections in Ukraine were held democratically, people were able to give their votes for a candidate or a political force they liked most, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said at the Cabinet of Ministers meeting on Wednesday.

"The election returns indicate that most people trust the authorities, the President, the Government," he pointed out, according to UKRINFORM.

Azarov noted that a new political tradition is being born in the country: "A candidate who, after the parallel vote count, knows that he has lost, congratulates his opponent. For example, like the candidate of the Party of Regions did in Zaporizhzhia. These are sprouts of a new political culture! We have finally demonstrated that the elections is not a war, but competition of programs and personalities".

The prime minister called on after the official announcement of election results to immediately form local authorities and begin preparing for winter. "Ukraine is not on the equator. Winter is coming. You should adopt budgets of all levels. This is particularly important where new people were elected on responsible posts. They are to form teams and bear responsibility for the activity of localities, the welfare of people," Azarov emphasized.

He noted that the government and local authorities are ready to assist all managers at local level, regardless of their party affiliation.

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