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13 Oct 2014

Belarus considering monitoring elections to Ukrainian parliament

MINSK, 13 October (BelTA) – The matter of sending Belarusian observers to monitor elections to the Ukrainian parliament may be handled via the Embassy of Belarus in Ukraine this year, BelTA learned from Secretary of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus Nikolai Lozovik.

The official explained that as part of the preparations for the parliamentary elections the Central Election Commission of Ukraine has established a new procedure for registering official observers sent by foreign nations and international organizations. The new procedure differs from the one used in the past. Now foreign nations are supposed to send requests for accreditation via their diplomatic missions accredited in Ukraine. An international organization is supposed to send requests to the Central Election Commission of Ukraine via the representation of the said organization in the country.

According to Nikolai Lozovik, Ukraine’s CEC used to send invitations directly to central election commissions of other countries. Now foreign central election commissions have to ask for the accreditation as observers for their representatives. Nikolai Lozovik said the same rule now applies to members of the Belarusian parliament, who used to receive invitations from their counterparts in Ukraine.

“Belarus has the ability to monitor the parliamentary elections in Ukraine. The procedure has changed somewhat. The new rule applies not only to us. Ukraine has enforced the practice with regard to all countries,” stressed the Secretary of the Central Election Commission of Belarus.

The extraordinary elections to the Ukrainian parliament are scheduled for 26 October 2014.

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