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, in spite of Ukraine's protests as Ukrinform reported citing the source.
“The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights included two citizens of Russia to the list of the long-term OSCE observers, despite the fact that Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported in the invitation on the participation in the mission that it would not accept the applications of the observers from the aggressor and occupant country,” the source said.
He added that it is not mentioned in the OSCE responsibilities that it is obligatory to invite the representatives of all member states of the organization to the ODIHR mission on the observation of elections.
Paragraph 8 of the OSCE Document of the Copenhagen Meeting provides that the invitation of the observer from the states-members of the Organization takes place in so far as it is allowed by the legislation. The legislation of Ukraine recognizes Russia as aggressor and occupant state and the position of Ukraine on the refusal to register Russian citizens as observers at the elections in Ukraine is logical and legal,” the source noted.
Today, over 80 people are offered as the candidates for entering membership of long-term ODIHR OSCE observers. About 750 short-term observers will arrive to Ukraine on the elections’ day.
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 their candidacies until March 7, 2019.
Earlier, Central Election Commission of Ukraine closed all polling stations in Russia, particularly, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk.
Besides, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin warned that Ukraine does not intend to approve applications from the Russian OSCE observers at the elections.