KIEV, October 20. /TASS/. The Central Election Commission of Ukraine has registered 1,554 official observers from 14 countries and 14 international organizations at the local elections to be held on October 25. The registration process came to an end at the commission’s meeting on Monday with the registration of 389 observers, the Ukrainian News reports.
Most observers have been registered from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) — 684 and the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations — 329 observers. Besides, monitors from the Committee for Open Democracy — 88 and the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America — 72. There will be 55 observers from the Council of Europe, 28 — from the European Students’ Forum and 26 — from the European Platform for Democratic Elections.
A total of 96 observers from other countries have been registered, including 33 from Denmark, 27 from Hungary, 12 — from Lithuania and 12 from Germany. The UK, the Czech Republic and France will send 7 observers each, Slovakia — 5, Estonia — 5, Japan 5, Canada — 4, Austria — 2 and Poland — 2.
The local elections in Ukraine are scheduled for October 25. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered local administrations to establish effective cooperation with monitors and ensure a quick response from the authorities and law enforcement agencies to observers’ requests.
Last year, snap elections to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada were monitored by 304 representatives of 21 countries and 2,017 representatives of international organizations.