The Central Election Commission (CEC) finished registration of the international observers for the snap elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, as the commission reported.
Thus, after consideration of the proper applications, the CEC registered 306 official observers from the international organizations and foreign states for snap parliamentary elections. Precisely: 90 from the Ukrainian World Congress, 8 from the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development GUAM, 19 from Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, 1 from International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY), 1 from International Republican Institute (IRI).
Moreover, two observers were registered from the European Platform for Democratic Elections; 18 from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, 15 from the European Parliament, 7 from the International Foundation for Better Governance (IFBG), 6 from the international organization Election and Democracy, 61 from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, 42 from the U.S., 16 from Poland and 1 from Slovakia.
“Thus, as of July 15, 2019, the Commission finished the process of registration of the official observers at the snap elections of lawmakers of Ukraine on July 21, 2019. Totally, 1,719 official observers are registered. Particularly, from 22 international observers – 1,602 observers, from 12 foreign states – 117 official observers,” the message said.
Earlier, the Central Election Commission refused to register the 17 citizens of the Russian Federation, who submitted documents as official observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky officially dissolved the Verkhovna Rada and appointed the snap elections for July 21. The Cabinet of Ministers should provide the funding of the elections.
On May 24, the electoral process kicked off in Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian legislation, the electoral process of snap elections begins on the next day after the President’s decree on early termination of the mandate of Verkhovna Rada and appointment of the new elections is published. Therefore, the electoral process starts on May 24, without the Central Commission making any decisions.