Elections 2019: Central Election Commission should refuse to register Russian OSCE observers

Source : 112 Ukraine

The OSCE included 24 Russians into the list of the short-term observers
18:41, 15 March 2019

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The Central Election Commission of Ukraine should refuse in the registration of the OSCE observers, who have the Russian citizenship as 112 Ukraine reported citing Andriy Magera, the Deputy Head of the Central Election Commission in 2007-2018.

“The law on the presence of the Russian observers on the elections in Ukraine has come into force; it means that in the case of sending of such documents to the Central Election Commission on the registration of the official OSCE observers, where there are citizens of the Russian Federation, the Central Election Commission will have no other options but to make a decision about the refusal to register the observers with the Russian citizenship,” Magera noted.

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As we reported, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the principal institution of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (ODIHR OSCE) included 24 Russians into the list of short-term observers for the presidential elections in Ukraine.

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.

ODIHR 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.

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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.

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