Within a long-term mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) two Russian observers will head to Kyiv to observe the Ukrainian presidential campaign on February 11, as Igor Borysov, the Chairman of the Council of Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law, the member of the Council of Human Rights, said, Interfax reported.
“An attempt will be taken, if nothing else happens. They are within the ODIHR mission, which does not refuse from the Russian segment within the mission in Ukraine,” Igor Bodysov said.
He specified that the Russian observers Yelizaveta Borisova from the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law and Khristina Bogdanova from the Institute of Public Electoral Diplomacy will arrive in Kyiv on February 11 along with their colleagues from the long-term mission.
“Both our representatives have great experience in the international observation sector, including within the OSCE ODIHR,” he added.
“If tomorrow the director (of OSCE ODIHR, - ed.) says that we cancel Russia, this is a stalemate: like it was in PACE, when we are told to pay contributions without taking part. ODIHR will not do this, but there is a question, will they be insisting on the implementation of the international demands of the rule of law, prevent attempts to bypass it,” Borysov thinks.
“Now, we wait for the decision of OSCE ODIHR, whether it will manage to “reach an agreement” so that they do not pass the border, and get accredited. Of course, the position of the OSCE ODIHR is rather uncertain, they expressed only concern,” Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law informed.
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,
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE 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.