A 36-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Christopher Chope (United Kingdom, EC), will travel to Ukraine from 24 to 28 October to observe the conduct of the early parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
The delegation will meet, in particular, leaders and representatives of political parties running in the election as well as election officials, media and NGO representatives before observing the voting on 26 October.
A member of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe's group of independent legal experts – will provide legal support during the visit.
In a declaration dated 9 October, the PACE pre-electoral delegation underlined “the importance of holding early elections so that a newly-elected Verkhovna Rada could implement electoral and other important reforms which were long overdue”. It was also “impressed by the efforts being made to ensure that as many people as possible are able to participate in these elections, including internally displaced persons”.
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A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 27 October at 2.30 pm, at Teacher’s House, Volodymyrska Street 57, Kyiv.
Nathalie Bargellini, PACE Communication Division
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