The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly took into account the decision of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada’s not to allow Russian observers to presidential elections in Ukraine, as Giorgi Tsereteli, the President of the Assembly, said during the meeting with the Spokesperson of the Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy, the press office of Verkhovna Rada reported.
“We will always support Ukraine in terms of integrity and sovereignty. We understand that this is not only Ukraine’s challenge, but European, as well,” he stated.
Tsereteli added that the electoral observation mission in Ukraine is rather huge – around 100 OSCE PA representatives, up to a thousand with short- and long-term observers from the Parliamentary Assembly and from OSCE.
He noted that considering the decision of the Verkhovna Rada not to let Russian observers to elections in Ukraine, sensitization campaign was conducted among the representatives of the OSCE PA. According to him, such people are not included in the observatory mission.
February 28, the law No. 2683-VIII, which bans the citizens of the Russian Federation from participation in the election process in Ukraine, came into force.
Within a long-term mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), two Russian observers would come 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.
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.
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.