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Volker recommends Ukraine to allow Russian ODIHR observers to elections

Earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced he is going to give an order to the State Border Guard Service not to let Russian observers to the presidential elections on March 31
11:00, 7 February 2019

Voice of America

In order people not to question election, Ukraine has to allow Russian monitors to observe Ukrainian presidential elections. U.S. special envoy to Ukraine twitted that on Thursday morning, February 7.

“Ukraine needs ODIHR monitors to prove it adheres to democratic standards. Otherwise allows people to question election. OK if Russian monitors are part -- but under ODIHR authority. No games. Ukraine needs to have confidence in its own democratic institutions,” reads the message.

As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced he is going to give an order to the State Border Guard Service not to let Russian observers to the presidential elections on March 31. He explained that this way he wants to physically prevent Russians from coming to Ukraine as observers from the international organizations.

The Verkhovna Rada registered the bill No.9524 which calls for ruling out the participation of the observers from the aggressor state in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine,

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE offered to include two citizens of Russia to the list of the mission on the observation of the Ukrainian presidential elections on 31 March, 2019, despite the conditions declared by Ukraine

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.

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