From the opening statement of Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine /Kyiv, October 17th, 2012/
I’ve recently met with Mrs. Dame Audrey Glover, Head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe / Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Election Observation Mission to the parliamentary elections in Ukraine. A focus on the elections in Ukraine is very significant. We perfectly understand that everyone is expecting the most democratic and transparent elections from our country.
Above all, we're interested in this for ourselves. An unimpeded democratic choice for citizens and a competition of policy programs and views are core values for us.
Because only a government, formed on such principles, will be able to further carry out the extensive transformations needed for the country right now. The upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine should be aimed at building up the state, not towards its downgrading and division. We will do everything we can in order for Ukraine to advance in a modern way, down the path of progress and development.
Therefore, both the President and the Government are most interested in the fact that the elections are fair and democratic. We are determined to maximize cooperation and Ukraine is open to all observers who wish to monitor the electoral process.
More than one-thousand two-hundred observers from various countries and international organizations have already been registered.
Overall, it's expected that the total participation in elections monitoring will include about five-thousand observers.
We have completed technical work associated with the installation of webcams in all thirty-four thousand polling stations.
This is the first time that such a big project has been undertaken ahead of Ukrainian elections. It has been an extraordinarily complicated project – both technically and in terms of high costs. However, we have taken this on in order to create serious guarantees of voting transparency and fraud prevention, as well as to provide citizens with the necessary confidence that their choice is protected.
In the end, elections will be held and passions will settle, but the work in favor of an improved Ukraine for our citizens should continue to become even more dynamic.