This year Ukraine welcomes the observers for parliamentary elections from countries which have never expressed such desire before, deputy chairman of the Central Election Commission Andriy Mahera told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

"In contrast to the parliamentary elections 2007, the presidential election2010, we have seen a big difference in the number of observers. Quite an interesting point, that this year, we have registered observers from a number of states, which have not previously participated in Ukraine’s electoral process. It is the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Paraguay, Cyprus, and a large number of international organizations, which have applied for the first time," he said.

In addition, Mahera reminded what rights and powers international observers have.  "They have the right to fix the violations, to obtain information from the district and precinct commissions, attend the meetings of the district electoral commissions. They also have right to be present during voting at polling stations and during the vote count," the CEC member said.

He added that international observers have the right to sign the protocols of the precinct election commission on vote counting at the station, if they wish so. "Certainly, the traditional authority of the international observer, working in the mission, is to prepare conclusions on the results of the elections in a particular state, and these findings will be done by the OSCE, CIS, and other international organizations," Mahera summed up.

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