Tymoshenko casts her ballot in hospital in OSCE observers' presence

Ukraine's ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko cast her ballot in the parliamentary elections in the presence of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's election monitors.

Tymoshenko confirmed that support coming from Europe is very important for her, OSCE observer Lykke Friiz said, adding that the OSCE election monitors, in turn, had expressed their infinite support for democracy in the European Union and in the world as a whole.

The voting and the meeting with Tymoshenko lasted five minutes, the OSCE election observes said.

When asked why they had stayed so long at the hospital nevertheless, they said that was due to security reasons.

Friiz said they were surprised by so many security measures being applied to such a fragile woman.

She also said that she had been asked to take off her necklace and her colleague his wedding ring.

The OSCE observers remarked that Tymoshenko had cast her vote lying in bed and that she did not get up during their visit.

Friiz said her visit would hopefully bring good luck to Tymoshenko. The name Lykke means 'happiness,' so the visit will hopefully bring her good luck, she said.

The OSCE observers said the main goal of their visit was to see that the voting is honest and transparent, and that all democratic procedures are observed.

They declined to say whether any violations of democratic standards had been detected, noting that the mission rules allow them to announce their conclusions only at a press conference in Kiev on Monday.

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