Ukraine Hoping For U.S. Support Of Electoral Legislation Reforms, Says Foreign Ministry

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry hopes that foreign partners will help strengthen the foundations of competitive democracy in Ukraine.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ruslan Demchenko

"The Foreign Ministry hopes that the United States as well as other foreign partners will contribute to the success of the work aimed at the strengthening of principles of Ukraine's competitive democracy," Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Ruslan Demchenko said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

The deputy minister also commented on the statement by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Gordon, about the undemocratic conduct of the local elections in Ukraine: "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, believes that the press release of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv dated November 3 2010 contains a more comprehensive assessment of the October 31 local elections in Ukraine by the U.S. government."

He recalled that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych set a clear goal - to present for public consideration by May 2011 the wording of the Electoral Code, which will unify the election laws and will allow holding the elections at all levels in accordance with the highest democratic standards.

"Ukraine's leadership has invited European and American experts to join the activities of an ad hoc group on improvement of electoral legislation, which was set up by Yanukovych's order," the diplomat noted.

Source: Interfax-Ukraine