The Spokesperson of the Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy signed the bill on participation ban for Russian election observers. The document was passed to the President for signing. The information about the bill is contained in its card No. 9524.
“I have signed the bill “On amendments to some laws of Ukraine concerning observation of the election process in Ukraine” No. 9524 which provides ban from being an observer during elections in Ukraine for the citizens of the aggressor state. We won’t let Russia influence our elections!” Parubiy wrote on Twitter.
Within a long-term mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), two Russian observers will head to Kyiv to observe the Ukrainian presidential campaign on February 11 - Yelizaveta Borisova from the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law and Khristina Bogdanova from the Institute of Public Electoral Diplomacy.
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.