The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights is the principal institution of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (ODIHR OSCE) included 24 Russians into the list of short-term observers for the presidential elections in Ukraine, as Thomas Reimer, the Press Secretary of the Bureau, said, TASS reported.
“ODIHR has just sent the list of names proposed by the OSCE member states for participation in the presidential elections in Ukraine to the Central Election Commission. There are 24 people presented by the Russian Federation,” Reimer stated.
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ODIHR OSCE has sent a request for secondment of the short-term observers on February 13.
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.
ODIHR 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.
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As we reported earlier, The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine has created 199 district election commissions for the upcoming presidential election on March 31.
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.