Observers are currently observing the process in Chernihiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv and Zaporizhya in preparation for voting which takes place tomorrow.
“We are monitoring the pre-election campaign closely in key districts in Ukraine. Our veteran election observers are investigating potential violations to get a clear picture of the actual situation. So far, this pre-election conduct has been largely positive. However, there are some reports of vote buying which is a concern” said Executive Director Brian Mefford. Vote buying in exchange for money, vodka, and other items has been a problem in past Ukrainian elections. “We are examining these claims in Odesa district 135 and Zaporizhya district 79 and will share our findings at a press conference in Kyiv on Monday afternoon. Later we will publish an official report detailing all of our findings and observations. If the allegations of vote buying are true, we will strongly urge the Ukrainian law enforcement authorities to prosecute violators to the fullest extent of the law.
The Committee is deploying 100 observers in a dozen election districts to monitor the October 26th Verkhovna Rada elections. The delegation is led by Andrius Kubilius, who is a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament and former Prime Minister. The Committee’s delegation includes five current and former Members of Parliament from Eastern Europe. Twelve countries are represented in the delegation which will deploy to district 26 in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk districts 47 and 48, district 79 in Zaporizhya, district 119 in Lviv, Odesa districts 135 and 141, Kharkiv districts 168 and 169, district 205 and 207 in Chernihiv and Kyiv district 223.
The Committee for Open Democracy is a nonprofit organization specializing in election observation. Established in 2010 by professionals in the election observation and broader democracy and governance field, the Committee seeks to improve the pre-electoral environment with concrete recommendations, prevent election fraud in the pre-election period and on election day and contribute to the overall electoral environment in developing democracies. The Committee has observed elections in Albania, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Slovenia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The Committee is a 501(c)(3) (U.S. Internal Revenue Service code) nonprofit organization headquartered in Bradenton, Florida with a base of operations in Kyiv.
The Committee for Open Democracy is an objective, non-profit organization that monitors and observes elections internationally for adherence to democratic standards of fairness, reflecting the will of the voters. More information can be found at www.committeeforopendemocracy.org, or their Facebook page.