Council of Europe to monitor Ukraine's elections remotely

Council of Europe to monitor Ukraine's elections remotely

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out, from October 19 to October 20, a remote observation procedure for Ukraine's local elections to be held on October 25.

According to an Ukrinform correspondent, a respective statement has been posted on the Council of Europe's website.

According to the report, the Congress received an invitation to observe the elections from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

This new remote format has been introduced as a temporary procedure in exceptional situations, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"On 19 October, the Congress delegation will hold several online briefings with stakeholders in the election process, in particular with Mr Oleh Didenko, Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine, as well as with representatives of the international community in Kyiv and the OSCE/ODIHR Mission. Furthermore, online briefings with representatives of domestic NGOs and with IFES have been arranged. On 20 October, online meetings are planned with several Ukrainian associations of local and regional authorities, as well as with mayoral candidates and representatives of political parties running in the elections," the statement reads.

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