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Only accredited election observers to enter Ukraine, - State Border Guard Service

The information about all registered international observers was included in the database of the Border Guard Service
19:17, 11 February 2019

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Border guards would check the international observers before letting them enter Ukraine. Only accredited observers would be allowed to enter the country, as Oleg Slobodyan, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Border Guard Service, said, UNN reported.

He stated that the border guards were cooperating with the Central Election Commission (CEC) and Security Service to inspect the international observers during the elections. The observers whose accreditation was confirmed by the commission would be allowed to enter Ukraine.

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The information about all registered international observers was included in the database of the Border Guard Service. The border guards would be able to check all the necessary information and find out whether the person who introduced him/herself as an observer had accreditation in the Central Election Commission.

Slobodyan adds that the service would not make separate lanes and separate directions for the observers.

Related: Russia not to send its observers to Ukrainian elections

Within a long-term mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), two Russian observers would 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.

Related: Verkhovna Rada bans Russian observers from participation in Ukrainian elections

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.

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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