Department spokesperson John Kirby stated Monday, Oct. 26, Censor.NET reports.
"These local elections are an important step as Ukraine continues to move forward with difficult reforms to decentralize political power. We look forward to a successful second round of the elections on November 15 for those mayoral races in which a single candidate did not receive a majority of the votes. We further expect that those in Mariupol and other areas where voting could not take place to get a chance to exercise their franchise on November 15.
"We also hope the citizens living in the conflict zone, internally displaced persons, and refugees will soon have the opportunity to exercise their right to choose their leaders, in compliance with Ukrainian law, OSCE standards and as called for in the Minsk agreements," John Kirby said.
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