The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) intends to send 700 observers to monitor the elections in Ukraine, the director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE Janez Lenarcic said during his meeting with the deputy head of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine Andriy Mahera.
The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the preparations of the Commission for the parliamentary elections and the arrival of the international observation mission.
Mahera thanked the OSCE for constant attention and comprehensive assistance in the organization of elections in Ukraine. He noted that the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights is the venerable and respected organization. Mahera emphasized its positive role in the development of all countries, especially the so-called new democracies.
The deputy head of the CEC informed the OSCE representative of the preparations for the forthcoming parliamentary elections, as well as of some features of the electoral process. In particular, the parties discussed the topical issues of the formation of election commissions at various levels.
Having received comprehensive answers to a wide range of issues, Lenarcic said that the Office plans to send 100 long-term and 600 short term observers to monitor the forthcoming elections.
Lenarcic thanked the CEC for their cooperation and assistance, which, in his opinion, have become a tradition and expressed the hope that the cooperation of high level reached by both institutions, will continue until the election day. In addition, he assured that the OSCE office in Ukraine will work honestly, openly and transparently, not making partial and pre-prepared statements.
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