An expert mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights will arrive in Ukraine on May 22 to assess preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections, Oleh Voloshyn, director of the MFA Information Policy Department, told a briefing in Kyiv Tuesday.

"This is a special mission that traditionally arrives at our invitation, whose function is assessment of preparations for the elections," Voloshyn said, UKRINFORM reported.

The expert mission will stay in Ukraine until May 25 this year. It will include Beata Martin-Rozumilowicz, OSCE/ODIHR election department head, Simon Dzhakaev, senior advisor to the International Secretariat of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and Lusine Badalyan, OSCE/ODIHR election adviser.

According to Voloshyn, the main task of the mission is to identify the needs of the delegation of observers who will come to the Verkhovna Rada elections in October this year.

The diplomat noted that the official election campaign has not yet started in Ukraine, but the OSCE is holding comprehensive monitoring. The organization will assess the situation in the media space, evaluate the quality of the electoral legislation and monitor the status of preparations for the parliamentary elections.

Voloshyn added that the visit of the OSCE mission is the initiative of the Ukrainian side, because Ukraine is interested in "maximum efficient implementation of the OSCE observers' mission in October."

"Only a balanced and top-quality monitoring of the elections will help make the most balanced assessment of compliance or non-compliance of the electoral process with the high European democratic standards. We are interested in seeing that this be done by experts and specialists, not the people who have certain political interests on this occasion," Voloshyn said.


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