The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine prohibited observers from the Russian Federation to participate in the election process in Ukraine. Law #9524 was adopted by 232 votes, as 112 Ukraine reported.
The law provides the amendments to the law on the elections of the president, lawmakers, and local elections.
It is established that a person, who is a citizen of a state aggressor and a person, whose offer is initiated or submitted by a state aggressor cannot be the observers at the elections (including the representatives of the foreign states).
The Chief Scientific Expertise Department noted that “there are well-founded grounds in the current conditions that the principle of the political impartiality of the observers from Russia will not be observed.” So, the department sees no legal obstacles for the adoption of this law.
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin has warned that Ukraine does not intend to approve applications from the Russian OSCE observers at the elections.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated he would issue an order to the State Border Guard Service not to let Russian observers to the presidential elections.
The election campaign has officially started on December 31, 2018. Registration of the candidates would last until February 4, 2019, and on February 9, the final list of presidential candidates will appear. The candidates would be able to withdraw his candidacy until March 7, 2019.