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11/16/2012 10:00
11/16/2012 11:30
America/New York
Room B-318 Rayburn House Office Building

The Helsinki Commission will hold a briefing:

Assessing Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

Friday, Nov. 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Room B-318 Rayburn House Office Building

The OSCE and United States assessed Ukraine’s Oc. 28 parliamentary elections as representing a step backward compared with recent national elections and lacking a level playing field. Voters had a choice between distinct parties and the voting and counting were largely positively assessed, but the counts and tabulation in some closely contested single-mandate districts were problematic. While the ruling party along with Communist allies retains a majority, opposition parties displayed a strong showing, winning the party-list vote in Ukraine’s hybrid system. Experts from three key organizations working on the ground will examine the conduct and results of the election and their implications for Ukraine’s democratic future.

The following panelists are scheduled to participate:

  • Olha Ajvazovska, Board Chair, Ukrainian citizen network OPORA
  • Katie Fox, Deputy Director-Eurasia, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • Stephen Nix, Regional Director, Eurasia, International Republican Institute (IRI)