"Vote of confidence in Ukraine" - Kostiantyn Yelisieiev answers to European Voice publication "Vote could weaken ties to the EU"
Whatever the result, the vote in the Ukrainian elections will will be a vote of confidence in the European future of Ukraine.
Your preview of the Ukrainian election is an example of the current fashion to prepare ‘news' about Ukraine in a ‘bad or nothing' manner (“Vote could weaken ties to the EU”, 18-24 October). How could the vote possibly “weaken ties to the EU” when all the major political forces (except the Communist Party) have built their programmes around European integration? I would say that, whatever the result, this vote will be a vote of confidence in the European future of Ukraine.
There are some strong counter arguments to every ‘negative' assumption made in the article.
First: Why is it a problem for the EU to accept that the ruling party, the Party of Regions, could lead in peoples' preferences? I would stress that EU is to judge the electoral process and not the people's choice in itself.
Second: One should remember that together the united opposition and Vitaly Klichko's Udar could prevail over the ruling party. Moreover, around 15% to 20% of citizens have still to make their choice. The picture of the possible composition of the future parliament is far from clear and the competition is fierce: is that not a real democracy?
Third, on the electoral law: One may like or dislike it, but it was adopted with the large consensus of opposition, well ahead of the election, and it is in line with European practice. Check the German system of parliamentary elections to test what I say.
Fourth: The elections in Ukraine will become further proof of our European choice.
It is time for the EU to stop inventing litmus tests and artificial barriers and sign the Association Agreement with Ukraine as soon as it is technically ready.