Observers from the U.S. and Israel say that the election was fair  29 October 2012 11:59  2723475 024016
Observers from the U.S. and Israel say that the election was fair

Election 2012 is much better organized than the presidential and local council election in 2010. It was declared by the international observer from organization "International Expert Center for Electoral Systems", U.S. citizen Eugene Melzer.

Mr. Meltzer said that they had come to Transcarpathia a few days before the elections and were able to observe the campaign, the "day of silence" and the election. They saw a lot of agitation from which they concluded that all parties were able to campaign freely and were in equal conditions. Also Eugene Meltzer says that even before the election they recorded minor violations at the polling stations and reported them in the hope that before the start of the election they would be eliminated.
On election day, observers visited 13 stations in six districts.  "Election was quite well organized. We did not see any obstacles to voters" - concludes Mr. Meltzer. - "The introduction of surveillance cameras was a succeful measure, which gave the opportunity to observe the voting in the most remote areas. At the polling stations there were media representatives and observers, who were also present during the count. It also indicate that the election was well organized. There were some violations, but they were not systematic. Therefore, we concluded that the election was organized much better than in 2010."

Another observer of the "International Expert Center for Electoral Systems," Volodymyr Bukhin of Israel in general agreed with his colleague. "The problems we had found and recorded before the election day, were fixed the next day. We heard reports of bribery, but we have not recorded such cases. Maybe because we did not know how it was happennig," - said Mr. Bukhin. Among the shortcomings he identified the lack of heating in schools, because of that commission members and observers were freezing.

Answering the question, how come that observers from parties reported numerous violations, and international observers did not see them, Eugene Meltzer said: "Parties are concerned with the results. They know what and where to look for. We really may not always know how violations occur. But in general we view the election in a positive light."

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