A mission sent to Ukraine by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Bureau for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE-BDIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to monitor early parliamentary elections will start its work on August 10, President’s press office reports.

Maryna Stavniychuk, President Victor Yushchenko’s deputy chief of staff and representative to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the Central Election Commission, said on Friday her boss had sent an invitation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to monitor the September poll.

Angel Moratinos, OSCE chairman-in-office and Spain’s Foreign Minister, was visiting Ukraine last July and, praising Yushchenko’s role in the promotion of democracy in Ukraine, promised to ensure that the election is held in a fair and transparent manner, she said.

600 election observers and 60 observers sent by OSCE-BDIHR are expected to arrive in Ukraine soon. The OSCE-BDIHR observers will come on August 20. They will be visiting Ukraine’s regions after a two-day briefing.

Stavniychuk said their arrival in Ukraine to monitor the snap election showed that this pollwas legal and that the international community "realizes that it is inevitable and should be held in an honest, open and fair manner.”


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