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Ukraine's Ex-President Gives Positive Prognosis for Upcoming Elections

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Ukraine's Ex-President Gives Positive Prognosis for Upcoming Elections PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, August 30, 2012 KYIV, Ukraine, August 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The President of Ukraine (2005 - 2010) Viktor Yushchenko expressed an opinion

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Ukraine's Ex-President Gives Positive Prognosis for Upcoming Elections
PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, August 30, 2012
KYIV, Ukraine,August 30, 2012/PRNewswire/ --The President ofUkraine(2005 - 2010) Viktor Yushchenko expressed an opinion that the parliamentary elections, to be held inUkraineon th October 28, would be largely fair. Yushchenko made this statement in an interview withSegodnya, when asked whether the Ukrainian nation would go out in the streets to protest against the results of the elections. The former Ukrainian president reckoned that the ruling political force had vested interests in holding relatively fair elections. Yushchenko also noted that the autumn parliamentary elections would test the maturity of the Ukrainian society and establish the core values for the political line of the country for the next five years, he said. Notably, the hope that parliamentary elections inUkrainewould be democratic was earlier expressed by the Prime Minister of Luxemburg Jean-Claude Juncker and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg. Juncker named the upcoming elections a chance forUkraineto comply with the right principles. At the beginning ofAugust 2012, Canadian government expressed desire to assist in holding fair and democratic elections inUkraineby sending a delegation of short- and long-term observers.Canada'sImmigration Minister Jason Kenney said thatCanadawould helpUkrainemeet its objectives of "transparency and more accountable government", reportsThe Star. InJuly 2012, the Ukrainian parliament ruled to equip most polling stations with web-cameras. The installation of the web-cameras at the voting stations will enable anyone with internet access to watch elections inUkrainein real time. According to the new law, the cameras may not interfere with the secret ballot system and the freedom of voting. InAugust 2012, Libor Rouček, MEP, with regard to the upcoming parliamentary elections inUkrainenoted that "everyone should have the opportunity to make sure that the elections are direct, honest and transparent," reportsXinhua. InApril 2012, Michał Tomasz Kaminski, MEP, said that elections could not be a factor for instability inUkraine. The actual fact of the elections taking place is a very European practice, he said. "I think they [elections] will be fair, and the winner will form the majority [in the parliament]," he added.