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EU: Elections to demonstrate commitment to democratic values


Local elections on 15 and 29 October are an opportunity for the citizens to express their views on the direction their municipalities should take in the future. The EU encourages political leaders, their parties and relevant stakeholders to use the electoral process to reaffirm and demonstrate their commitment to democratic values and the rule of law, the EU Delegation and EU Embassies said Friday in a statement ahead of the local elections.

“We call on political leaders and party members to allow for elections without intimidation or violence. We recall the importance of clearly separating state and party activities and resources before, during and after the elections. We urge the media to provide the citizens with diverse and objective information they need to make an informed choice on the Election Day. We underline the importance of international observation of elections, notably by the OSCE/ODIHR”, reads the statement.

The EU Delegation and EU Embassies add that every vote counts and call on all citizens to use their democratic right to vote and in that way shape the future of their municipalities.