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 PACE calls for additional efforts to assure fully inclusive local elections in Ukraine

The rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) stated that it is essential for the stability and further development of Ukraine to admit all political forces to local elections.

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On Friday, the rapporteurs of the PACE Jean-Claude Mignon and Jordi Xucla urged the Ukrainian authorities and all stakeholders to ensure that the upcoming local elections in the country are "inclusive and pluralistic" and held with the participation of all political forces.

"This is essential for the stability and further development of the country," Jean-Claude Mignon and Jordi Xucla said.

In this respect, the co-rapporteurs noted with concern that the Central Election Commission (CEC) has published a list of 132 municipalities under government control in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where local elections will not take place for security reasons.

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"Especially in the light of the refusal of the Russian-backed separatists to allow elections to be organised under Ukrainian law in the areas under their de facto control, it is important that people in the areas under government control are able to express their democratic will," the rapporteurs said. They therefore strongly encouraged the authorities to do all in their power to reduce the list of municipalities where elections will not take place.

In this context, and while expressing their full understanding regarding the complexity of IDP voting, the rapporteurs called upon the authorities to adopt measures that would allow IDPs to vote in the municipal and regional elections for their original place of residence, if elections take place there.

The co-rapporteurs intend to visit the country in the near future to familiarise themselves with the constitutional reform process and outcome of the upcoming elections

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