New York, NY (UCCA) -- The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, affirms that although Ukraine’s nation-wide elections of more than 10,000 mayoral positions and 160,000 members of municipal councils on October 25th were marred by some incidents, the voting process by and large was conducted in a transparent and democratic manner, complied with Ukrainian law and met international election standards. With more than 130 parties fielding candidates, the voter turnout in the local elections was between 46 and 47 percent, nearly equaling the 52% turnout in the 2014 parliamentary elections. Complete results are expected to be released on November 4.

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New York, NY (UCCA) – On Sunday, October 25, Ukrainians will head to the polls to elect more than 10,000 mayors and 160,000 regional council lawmakers in local elections across the largest country in Europe. The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, has registered 72 volunteer election observers who will travel to 9 regions of the country for several days of demanding but incredibly rewarding work. As the only Ukrainian American community organization registered with Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC), the UCCA has organized an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for every presidential and parliamentary election in Ukraine in its 24 years of independence, including Ukraine’s very first democratic elections in 1991, as well as the largest EOM ever registered by Ukraine’s CEC, with over 2400 observers in 2004.

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New York, NY (UCCA) – On Thursday, October 15th, Ukraine received the support of 177 out of a total of 193 countries to represent the countries of Eastern European on the United Nations Security Council. Ukraine’s two-year mandate will begin on January 1, 2016.

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, congratulates the efforts of Ukraine’s diplomatic mission and thanks the world community for recognizing Ukraine for this position, only the second such appointment since the return of Ukraine’s independence.

Comprised of 15 members, the UN Security Council includes five permanent veto-wielding members: Britain, France, the United States, China and Russia. Ukraine has repeatedly questioned maintaining the veto power of Russia, since Russia violated the UN Charter when it invaded Ukraine in 2014. As with the previous Eastern European delegate, Lithuania, Ukraine intends to challenge the clout of its invading neighbor on the Security Council, stating their tone will "definitely not be conciliatory."

The UCCA supports Ukraine’s initiatives at the UN to limit the use of the Security Council veto, to establish an international criminal tribunal to investigate the downing of Flight MH17, and for an international peacekeeping mission to be deployed in its eastern regions.

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