Canadian election observers deploy across Ukraine

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2014/10/25 • Political News

Kyiv, October 24th, 2014 – Canada’s election observers have successfully deployed across Ukraine to observe the country’s parliamentary elections.  Nearly 200 observers with the Canadian Election Observation Mission (CANEOM) will be monitoring the October 26th vote in all regions of Ukraine other than Crimea, where no voting will take place due to ongoing military occupation by the Russian Federation.

“At the request of the president of Ukraine, Canada is proud to support Ukraine’s democratic process,” said Senator Raynell Andreychuk, CANEOM’s head of mission, who has also led three previous election observation missions to Ukraine.  “At this critical moment in Ukraine’s history, we are here to assist in ensuring that this election is a genuine reflection of the democratic will of the people of Ukraine.”

Following several days of rigorous training in Kyiv, including sessions on international and domestic election law, Ukraine’s political landscape, and the principles of election observation, CANEOM observers will monitor the electoral process in the lead up to and on Election Day.

The mission’s mandate is to observe, record and report, while in no way interfering with the electoral process as it unfolds. The mission expects to issue its preliminary report on October 27th.

Given the destabilization and conflict in parts of the country, CANEOM is mindful of security issues and has retained professional advisors who are actively exchanging security information with other election observation missions.  “The safety of our observers is of paramount importance,” added Senator Andreychuk. “I am proud of our observers, and I am confident that this mission will be a success for the benefit of the people of Ukraine.”

The CANEOM mission is funded by the Government of Canada.

For more information:

Denys Volkov, Director of Communications
+38 068 934 9514    [email protected]

Twitter: @CANEOMUkraine
Facebook.com/CANEOM

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  • Michel Cloarec

    They are wonderful those canadians. BRAVO !
    putin will be furious, right for him to bite sour apple.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    Observers should have Canadian body guards well armed and all should have bulletproof vests as well as all candidates that support Poroshenko. Those who support the Russians should also have snipers guarding them from roof tops. with effective sights.

    • Milton Devonair

      I was wondering about that. Sending females to places where there are russians?
      russia and their (drunken) military are quite infamous for gang rapes…..

    • Zachary Petriw

      It’s really not like that. Ukraine is not a war zone, despite some fighting in the eastern regions. The presidential elections that I observed as part of the UWC in May were calm and uneventful, just like elections that you might see take place in Canada. There were no provocations reported by any of our groups posted in Sumy, Cherkasy, Mykolaiv, Kherson, or Kyiv.

      Regular people just wanted to vote, and the election workers just wanted to count the votes fairly and make sure they did it right the first time. It was interesting to note that at my electoral district there were more observers (from various organizations) than election workers.

      • Michel Cloarec

        Despite some fighting in East UA. ????? When is “some ” less then 3700 deads. Of course it is a war zone ! Ask the people in Donetsk and Luhansk if they could go to the election´s local. Could they go today ?
        What is regular people ?

        • Zachary Petriw

          I am treating Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea as separate issues. The point is, the observers don’t need body guards or snipers protecting them from rooftops anywhere else in Ukraine.

          Those contested regions typically didn’t have even have open election districts, much less observers sent to those districts. The military has no control over them. No observers were sent there from UWC during the last elections as it would have been grossly unsafe.

          • Michel Cloarec

            Militants in Donetsk open fire on voters

            KYIV, October 26 /Ukrinform/. Terrorists from the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic have opened fire on four people who came to vote in Donetsk.

            Observers from the Committee of Voters of Ukraine and the Opora civil network learned this from residents of Donetsk, according to the Novosti Donbassa (News of Donbas) online newspaper.

            “My friends and I decided today to vote in the elections, and went to the polling station where we usually vote. It is located at School No. 114 in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. When we arrived there, a man was standing at the entrance and we asked him whether we could vote there. He said ‘now we’ll solve everything’ and went into the school building. After that, we came under machinegun fire from the building, and we barely escaped, because we came to the car in time,” a resident of Donetsk said.

            No polling station opened in Donetsk on Sunday as the city is temporarily occupied by illegal armed groups

          • Michel Cloarec

            Two cars come under fire near polling station in Kryvy Rih

            KYIV, October 26 /Ukrinform/. Several people have been injured after two cars came under fire in the center of Kryvy Rih in front of the building of a district election commission at about 13.30 on Sunday, a source in law enforcement agencies has told a Ukrinform reporter.

            “According to preliminary reports, a 5.45 mm Kalashnikov machine gun and a 12 mm hunting rifle were used in the shooting. Police officers are working at the scene, and the area was cordoned off by Kryvbas special purpose fighters. People were injured in the shooting,” he said.

            He said that an ambulance had taken two wounded persons who were close to the scene of the shooting.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    What would it take to take out those who support the Russians? This would be the start of cleaning up the graft and corruption where delegates are bribed to support the Russian agenda.