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EU regards Donetsk and Lugansk elections as illegal

The EU considers the “elections” planned for 11 November 2018 in the non-government controlled territories of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” and “Donetsk People’s Republic” as illegal and illegitimate and will not recognise them. The EU condemns these ”elections”, as they are in breach of international law, undermine the commitments taken under the Minsk agreements and violate Ukraine‘s sovereignty and law” says the text of the  declaration of the EU top diplomat Federica Moghereini on behalf of the European Union on the elections planned in self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic and People’s Republic Donetsk on 11 November.

“The Minsk agreements exclusively provide for local elections to be held within the framework of the Ukrainian legislation and under the OSCE standards and observation. These reasons render these so-called “elections” null and void.” the declaration concludes.

Both break-away Republic were formed on territories with Russian-speaking population, rejecting violent coup-d’état in Kiev, overthrowing legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych. 

The European Union reiterates its full support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders“, Mogherini reaffirms.

Nowadays only one in 10 Ukrainians consider violent coup d’état (2014),  named “Maidan Revolution“, or “Euromaidan” in Kiev (pictured), leading to beak-away of eastern Russian-speaking region of Donbass, and ongoing conflict as “positive”.


12/11/2018 AMENDED:

The Donetsk acting head Denis Pushilin, whose predecessor was assassinated in an explosion in August, was elected as leader with 61 percent of the vote while the acting chief of Luhansk, Leonid Pasechnik, won with 68 percent.


Aliyev won a new seven-year term

Exit polls suggested Aliyev, who ran for the ruling New Azerbaijan party, will secure a fourth consecutive term in office with over 80% of the vote in the April 11 election, which Human Rights Watch (HRW) said did not provide “a viable choice” for the voters.

Aliyev received 82.7 percent of the vote, a government-commissioned exit poll conducted by Azerbaijani pollster Els Independent Research Center showed, which would give Aliyev a new seven-year term in office.

The private French pollster, Opinion Way, said he garnered 86.5 percent of the vote.

Hungarian voters high turnout

Parliamentary election in Hungary show high turnout exceeding the previous record. Interim data at 1500 GMT indicated voter turnout at 53.64%, compared with the 67.87%  noted in the second round of voting in 2002 under a different electoral system, when final turnout reached 73.5%.

Final turnout in the 2014 vote that gave Orban an impressive victory was 61.7%.

Hungarians in immigration are also active queuing for hours to vote in consulates in the EU .

EU observation mission to Lebanon

Following the invitation by the Lebanese authorities, the European Union is deploying an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Lebanon to observe the Parliamentary elections, due to take place on 6 May 2018. The European Union has a long-term commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country. The EU has already observed elections in Lebanon in 2005 and 2009.

Federica Mogherini, the head of the European External Action Service has appointed Elena Valenciano, Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission to Lebanon.

“These elections, the first in almost a decade and with an increased number of female candidates, will be key for the future of Lebanon. A newly elected parliament will steer the many reforms that the country is about to undertake” – Mogherini said.

“Lebanon can count on the friendship and strong support of the European Union and of the international community. Its stability and economic growth are key for the entire region and for the European Union” she continued.

“Under the leadership of Chief Observer Elena Valenciano, I am confident that the EU EOM will make an important contribution to this electoral process”.

“I feel honoured to lead the EU Election Observation Mission to Lebanon. These elections will be held under a new electoral framework approved in 2017, and are an opportunity to strengthen Lebanon’s democracy with EU support”- Elena Valenciano announced. “Previous EU EOM reporting and recommendations have proved to be an important incentive for political consensus among Lebanon’s political parties and some have been integrated in the new law. I am confident that the 2018 EU EOM will provide an appreciated contribution to enhancing further the quality of the electoral process.”

The Electoral Observation Mission’s core team, consisting of 9 analysts, arrived in Beirut on 27 March. The team will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process, as well as prepare a comprehensive final report.

At the beginning of April, the core team was joined by 24long-term observers who are deployed across the country.

A further 36 short-term observers will be deployed at the beginning of May after having observed the vote of the Lebanese people living abroad (27 and 29 April). The EU EOM also looks forward to cooperate with other international and domestic observation missions.


EU does not recognise elections in Crimea

“The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and therefore does not recognise the holding of elections in the Crimean peninsula. The OSCE/ODIHR observers did not conduct any activities in these illegally-annexed territories, participation of EU Member States’ diplomats in observation activities within the framework of the OSCE/ODIHR EOM was also limited to the recognised territory of the Russian Federation. The EU remains unwavering in its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.” – says the text of the statement of the European External Action Service on the presidential elections in the Russian Federation. (Image: Head of Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov casting ballot).

Meanwhile Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a message about aninternational observers monitoring the elections in Republic of Crimea:

Finnish human rights activist and observer Johan BÄCKMAN said, the reunification of Crimea with Russia is the ‘most resonant political event of the century”.

OSCE: Russians had no real choice

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said there had been no real choice in  presidential election of Russian Federation and complained it had been marked by unfair pressure on critical voices.


Vladimir Putin got 76,7% of votes, ensuring his rule until 2024.

Putin leads with 73% of votes

According to partial results made public by the electoral commission the incumbent President Vladimir Putin is leading with 73% of votes:

First-time Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin is running second with 15 percent, while veteran nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who first ran against Boris Yeltsin in 1991, rounds out the top three with about seven percent.

None of the other five candidates is on track to receive more than two percent of the vote.

The early results are in line with exit-polls conducted by Russian polling agencies FOM, which predicted Putin would take 77% of the vote, and VCIOM, which forecast a final share of 73.9% for the current president.

Ella Pamfilova, head of the Russian Central Election Commission, has said that there were no major violations during the vote, and that only “minor and local complaints” were received. She also phased Russian system of voting, and calculating the votes “without analogy” in the world.

Meanwhile social media discusses ballots stuffing, carousels, and desert polling stations

doubting the official figures.
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