The Ukrainian election is a competition of falsification and extortion

Summary

Ukrainian elections are very competitive – but it is a competition of falsification and extortion. The elections are not very fair.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Ukraine elections.

“What I observed was a free choice by free people. Ukrainians demonstrated their strong commitment to democratic and Euro-Atlantic values. I saw the enthusiasm of citizens of all ages participating in the election process in impressive numbers,” said Michal Szczerba, Head of the delegation from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly at the afterwards press conference on the results of the first tour of elections. 

The OSCE PA Election Observation Mission in Ukraine has declared that the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine was competitive, and citizens had the opportunity to freely express their will.  “We can admit that there were definitely competitive elections and the opportunity to vote for the candidate the citizens wanted to elect was provided”, the OSCE Special Coordinator, OSCE PA Honorary President Ilkka Kanerva said.

Following the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine, the same position was announced by the Head of the EP election observation delegation Dariusz Rosati. According to him, these elections were definitely competitive, since no candidate could be clearly identified as the likely winner.

The Canadian Election Observation Mission in Ukraine also considers the elections as fair. A press release of the Canadian Mission says that Ukraine’s highly competitive presidential election meets international standards.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 145
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: election meddling, Manipulated elections/referendum, Elections
  • Outlet: 60 minut @ Rossiya 1 time: 25:00
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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