Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, stated that on the day of the presidential elections, March 31, more than 130,000 law enforcement officers will be on duty to keep the public order. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported this.
“131 thousand officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will secure public order during the elections. I hope that the Security Service of Ukraine will help us. Of course, in 2014 the police officers were in 30,000 more than this year. Despite this fact, however, we are ready to protect the electoral process”, - Avakov said.
According to the Minister, all the law enforcement system is under great pressure, because the legitimacy of the election of the president depends on the transparency of the elections.
The officers of all National police units will start to be on duty at the polling stations from March 21.
Earlier, the representatives of the National Police Department will be on duty at the polling stations from March 21. Serhiy Kniaziev, the Head of National Police of Ukraine.
The fighters of the riot police units and tactical and operational patrol police units will not be on duty at the polling stations. They will work only as a part of the mobile reserve and will react to the violations of the public order and violations connected with the electoral process.
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.