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OSCE to involve 96 long-term, 750 short-term observers to monitor Ukraine's parliamentary elections

A few days ago, the leadership of the Mission arrived in Kyiv
13:33, 11 June 2019

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The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of OSCE intends to involve 96 long-term and around 750 short-term observers to snap elections to Ukraine’s Parliament, as the press office of Central Election Commission reported.

A meeting between the Chairman of Central Election Commission Tetyana Sliparchuk, Commission’s Secretary Nataliya Bernatska and Deputy Head of Central Election Commission Secretariat Serhiy Dubovyk with the Head of ODIHR OSCE, Ambassador Albert Jonsson was held in the Central Election Commission and the representatives of the Mission.

“We appreciate the possibility to report on our work. Therefore, we intend to involve 96 long-term and around 750 short-term observers to early elections to Ukraine’s Parliament. A few days ago, the leadership of the Mission arrived in Kyiv, and we are happy that we conduct our first official meeting in the Central Election Commission,” Jonsson noted.

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The representatives of ODIHR were interested in the current situation in Central Election Commission and the challenges, which the Commission faces during the electoral process of snap elections of Ukrainian MPs.

“Actually, the fact that the Central Election Commission has to carry out the election process in such a short term is a real challenge for us. Therefore, the most important thing, for now, is to solve the problem of public procurement. The Commission has stressed the need to regulate this issue by law. A temporary decision was made for now. I will also note that Commission had to entrust the district election commissions with the public procurement,” Sliparchuk noted.

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She assured that all the processes on the organization of preparation and conduction of early elections to Ukraine’s Parliament on July 21, 2019, carried out within the competence of Central Election Commission, are held in accordance with an approved schedule and in compliance with the current legislation.

Head of ODIHR, Ambassador Albert Jonsson wished the Commission success during the current electoral process and expressed hope that the joint work of the Mission and Central Election Commission will be built as qualitatively as during the presidential elections in Ukraine.

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As it was reported, on May 24, the electoral process of snap elections to Verkhovna Rada kicked off. The elections are scheduled on July 21, 2019.

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