"The Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeals has ruled that the actions by the majority in the CEC that represents the Regions Party with regard to the failure to register international observers was illegal. And I hope that the CEC will listen if at least not to their own conscience, because these CEC members exchanged it for a Party of Regions party card, then to the decision of the court," First Vice Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov said while appearing on Channel 5.
Turchynov believes the court’s ruling can serve as grounds for the CEC to reconsider the registration of the international observers. "I hope the CEC makes the only possible decision under these circumstances and registers the observers so that they can clearly see who is and who isn’t involved in fraud," he said, adding that having as many observers as possible during the elections is the key way to prevent election fraud.
This incident began when the CEC failed to register 2,011 OSCE international observers from Georgia because the majority of members of the CEC, who happen to be controlled by the Party of Regions, refused to take a decision on their registration.
Yulia Tymoshenko claims that Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych, in an attempt to cover up falsification of the results of the elections, gave instructions to these CEC members to refuse to register the observers from Georgia.
Oleh Bilorus, the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee and the head of the Verkhovna Rada delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, has stated that this move by the CEC could lead to an "unprecedented international scandal" because it violates international standards. He also believes it could jeopardize the good relations between Ukraine and Georgia.
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