“Strong local government lays the foundation for a vibrant democracy. We encourage the newly elected mayors and counselors to be open, responsive, and accountable to the citizens of their municipalities,” said in this addressing the US Embassy about the local elections.
The embassy states that the cooperation with the municipalities, organizations and the citizens will continue in order to promote the key reforms on a local level.
“We welcome OSCE/ODIHR’s preliminary conclusions that the elections were competitive and that respect for fundamental freedoms contributed towards a democratic process. These findings are consistent with what the U.S. Embassy teams observed in both the first and second rounds of elections. Where there are concerns about irregularities and abuses, we again urge citizens to report them through the appropriate procedures and relevant authorities to address them promptly,” states further the announcement.
The embassy recommends the State Election Commission and other state institutions to use this period after the election process in order to focus on ODIHR’s recommendations that were provided after the elections in 2016 and 2017 in order to strengthen the future election processes.