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The municipal elections which took place in country on Sunday 15 October, were held in a competitive environment. The elections were observed by the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission, which published its statement of preliminary findings and conclusions yesterday.
OSCE/ODIHR assessed that the municipal elections contributed to strengthening confidence in the democratic process, and that fundamental freedoms of assembly and expression were respected overall. Some credible allegations of violations were however noted during the pre-electoral period.
The authorities should effectively address forthcoming recommendations of the OSCE/ODIHR. The European Union stands ready to assist in this process. The country will be preparing the second round of elections in some municipalities on 29 October, all political representatives need to act responsibly and all institutions need to ensure conditions for a credible and transparent electoral process.
The European Union encourages the newly elected members of the local bodies to contribute to advancing the EU reform agenda. The EU will continue to support the country in its reform process, with a view to its European Union integration path.