OSCE PA: Russians not included in electoral observation mission

OSCE PA: Russians not included in electoral observation mission

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Giorgi Tsereteli
Presidential Administration press office

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly took into account the decision of Ukraine's Verkhovna Radas not to allow Russian observers to presidential elections in Ukraine, as Giorgi Tsereteli, the President of the Assembly, said during the meeting with the Spokesperson of the Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy, the press office of Verkhovna Rada reported.
We will always support Ukraine in terms of integrity and sovereignty. We understand that this is not only Ukraines challenge, but European, as well, he stated.

Tsereteli added that the electoral observation mission in Ukraine is rather huge around 100 OSCE PA representatives, up to a thousand with short- and long-term observers from the Parliamentary Assembly and from OSCE.
He noted that considering the decision of the Verkhovna Rada not to let Russian observers to elections in Ukraine, sensitization campaign was conducted among the representatives of the OSCE PA. According to him, such people are not included in the observatory mission.
February 28, the lawNo. 2683-VIII, whichbans the citizens of the Russian Federation from participation in the election process in Ukraine, came into force.

Within a long-term mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR),twoRussian observers would come to Kyiv to observe theUkrainian presidential campaignon February 11 - Yelizaveta Borisova from the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law and Khristina Bogdanova from the Institute of Public Electoral Diplomacy.
TheVerkhovna Radaregistered the bill No.9524 which calls for ruling out the participation of the observers from the aggressor statein the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

ODIHRoffered to include two citizens of Russia to the list of the mission on the observation of the Ukrainian presidential electionson 31March2019, despite the conditions declared by Ukraine.
As we reported earlier, TheCentral Election Commission(CEC) of Ukraine has created 199 district election commissions for the upcoming presidential election on March 31.

Theelection campaignhas officially started on December 31, 2018. Registration of the candidates was closed on February 4, 2019, and on February 9, the final list of presidential candidates is expected to appear. The candidates would be able to withdraw their candidacy until March 7, 2019.
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