“The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the elections to Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada held on October 28, 2012 were pluralistic and provided voters with the option of casting their ballots for different – including opposition – political parties,” the statement reads.
“However, the Foreign Ministry as well as the OSCE/ODIHR notes there were breaches, including the use of administrative pressure, the lack of transparency in financing political parties and restricting access to the media for opposition and independent candidates. Therefore, election process did not fully conform to democratic standards,” the document emphasizes.
At the same time, the Ministry expressed hope that the Ukrainian authorities will continue implementing the needed systemic reforms, including those of the country's judiciary system, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms to bring Ukraine closer to the European Union.
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