Kyiv, Ukraine – The Committee for Open Democracy will deploy 88 election observers from 17 countries for the October 25 Ukraine first-round local government elections, The Committee’s Executive Director, Brian Mefford announced today.
“We will field almost 90 observers for these important local elections, second in size only to the OSCE/ODIHR mission, and they will be strategically deployed to ensure the best possible coverage of election races at the various levels of local governance,” Mefford said. The Committee also plans to deploy observers for the November 15 runoff elections.
The Committee’s Ukraine local election observation effort for the October 25 elections will monitor some of the more than 350,000 candidates competing for over 168,000 local government positions, including city, village and settlement mayors; and, village, settlement, city, city district, rayon and oblast councils. The Committee for Open Democracy is an objective, nonprofit organization that monitors and observes elections internationally for adherence to democratic standards of fairness, reflecting the voters’ will.
The Committee has observed 17 international elections since it was established in 2010. COD’s past election observations include: The 2014 Ukrainian Presidential election, the 2014 and 2012 Ukrainian Parliamentary elections, the 2013 Ukrainian Special Parliamentary by-elections, the 2010 national local elections in Ukraine, the special Ukrainian local elections in 2012 and 2013, the 2012 Georgian Parliamentary elections, the 2015 Lithuanian local government elections, the 2014 Slovenian Parliamentary elections, the 2012 Slovenian Presidential election, the 2010 and 2014 Moldovan Parliamentary elections, the 2012 Montenegrin Parliamentary elections, the 2013 Montenegrin Presidential election, the 2013 Albanian Parliamentary elections, the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and the 2013 Bulgarian Parliamentary elections.