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Elections in Ukraine to be held under close supervision of EU observers

Local elections in Ukraine in 2015 will be not only transparent, but be held under close supervision of specialists, who will represent various European democratic institutions and organizations.
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The local elections in Ukraine in 2015 will be “controlled” by experts from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. At least, these organizations have declared their intentions to send observers to the local elections to be held on October 25, Joinfo.ua informs.

According to the speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mariana Betsа, all these people did not asked for participation in the elections as observers themselves. The process was held openly and in an European way.

“The Ukrainian side took the initiative to invite international organizations to observe the local elections to held on October 25. By invitation of Ukraine, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe decided to send its observational missions to Ukraine,” said Betsa.

One such group has already arrived in Kyiv on August 31. Observers from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to monitor the local elections are already preparing for their work at the local elections in Ukraine.

According to the speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, observers will work both on a short-term and long-term basis, up to the announcement of the final results of the elections.

“There will be 100 long-term and 600 short-term observers,” said Betsa.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe decided to send its observers to Ukraine for the period from October 22 to 26.

Moreover, the European Parliament is also discussing the possibility of sending a delegation of observers to the elections in Ukraine.

It should be recalled that as previously reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine was interested in the presence of EP observers at the local elections to be held on October 25.