2010 Local Authority Elections in Ukraine Will be Monitored by More Than Two Thousand Supervisors

Oct 29, 2010, 09:04 ET from Worldwide News Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine, October 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Local authority elections in Ukraine will be monitored by more than two thousand international and national observers. The Prime Minister of Ukraine assured that the Ukrainian government shall by all means encourage foreign observers to supervise the course of the upcoming ballot vote.

According to the Central Election Commission of Ukraine, the total number of the official international supervisors will be 490 people and from the Ukrainian NGOs - 1913 people.

Mykola Azarov, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, stated recently that the Ukrainian government would create all necessary conditions to encourage international observers to scrupulously monitor the voting procedure on the coming Sunday. "I have personally invited the representatives of the European Union to supervise the Ukrainian elections so they can be convinced of their legality and transparency." Azarov also said: "The number of official observers is sufficient for the efficient supervision of each region of Ukraine. This way we will be able to draw unbiased conclusions about the quality of conduct of the elections."

As reported earlier, on 20 October 2010 a group of experts from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of OSCE initiated a study of the elections' procedure in Ukraine. According to the press-office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the group of experts is composed of 4 members and their major task is to analyze the electoral legislation, to estimate the functioning of the authorities responsible for the organization and holding of the elections and to provide media coverage for the elections.

The local authority elections in Ukraine will be held on 31 October 2010. The results are expected to be announced before November 5, 2010.

SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine