The Central Election Commission of Ukraine registered 680 observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (ODIHR OSCE) and refused in the registration of 24 suggested by the organization candidates for observing the process, who were the citizen of the Russian Federation. The press service of the CEC reports this.
“The ODIHR OSCE sent the application to the Commission as well the other documents concerning the registration of the observers on the coming elections of the president of Ukraine… According to the applications, the copies of passports of the persons, who were suggested for the registration as the official representatives from the abovementioned organization, 24 persons from 684 suggested ones were the Russian citizens. According to the law, Russian citizens cannot be registered as official observers. Thus, the Central Election Commission refused the abovementioned organization in registering 24 citizens of the Russian Federation as the official observers of the coming presidential elections’, - the report said.
Besides, it should be noted that another 660 persons were registered by the CEC as the official observers of the elections from the ODIHR OSCE.
In addition, 33 persons were also registered as the official observers of the presidential elections: 20 – from the Committee “For the open democracy”, 5 – from the Czech Republic, 2 – from Belgium and 6 – from Guam.
Thus, the Central Election Commission has already registered 1,820 official observers from 15 international organizations and 12 foreign states in the presidential election of Ukraine on March 31.
As we reported earlier, The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine has created 199 district election commissions for the upcoming presidential election on March 31.
The election campaign has 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.