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26 May 2014
MEDIA RELEASE
 
Ukrainian World Congress International Election Observation Mission releases Preliminary Observations confirming democratic Presidential Election
 
On 26 May 2014 the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) International Election Observation Mission released its Preliminary Observations during a press conference held at the UNIAN Information Agency in Kyiv confirming that the early 2014 Presidential Election in Ukraine on 25 May 2014 has met international standards for the conduct of democratic elections.
 
Although observers noted isolated infractions, the shortcomings did not impact the election results. Most voters were able to express their will on election day, despite the complicated situation in Eastern and Southern Ukraine. Official government statistics and the statistics of independent non-governmental organizations confirm a voter turnout surpassing 60%.
 
The UWC Mission, which numbered 236 observers from 22 countries, will publish a comprehensive final report, offering recommendations for potential improvements after completion of the process. 
 


25 May 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Unknown individuals blocked Ukrainian World Congress observers at Mykolayiv polling station

Unknown individuals with athletic appearances blocked two Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) observers from Canada and Moldova who were monitoring the Presidential vote in Ukraine at polling station №480752 on 9 Paryzka Komuna in Mykolayiv.

The incident occurred after the Chairperson of the Precinct Election Commission (PEC) requested one male with forged media accreditation to leave the premises. This individual, along with a second person, then started a brawl in the polling station, releasing tear gas.

The observers, members of the PEC and the candidates’ observers were forced to barricade themselves on the premises. Currently, the polling station is being stormed by approximately 20 people. The observers and PEC members are attempting to stop the attack.

Contact information in Kyiv:

Oleksiy Zakharchenko
6 Muzeinyi provulok, Room 106
Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel: +38(097) 510 2303
E-mail: SKUobservers@gmail.com



25 May 2014
MEDIA RELEASE
 
Ukrainian World Congress International Election Observation Mission: Administrative resources are not being misused during Presidential Election in Ukraine

As of 18:00 on 25 May 2014 the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) International Election Observation Mission to the Presidential Election in Ukraine notes that the elections are progressing transparently and democratically, and without the misuse of administrative resources, the bribing of voters and multiple voting.

UWC observers recorded a series of infractions in various regions of Ukraine, the most common being:
 
-          campaigning at the polling stations and outside them;
-          delays in opening the polling stations;
-          confusion in the work of the election commissions;
-          inappropriately sealed ballot boxes;
-          distribution of ballots without the appropriate documentation;
-          obstacles to the work of observers and mass media.

The UWC Mission notes that in cities where mayoral races were being run parallel to the Presidential Election, including the cities of Kyiv, Mykolayiv, Kherson, Odesa, Cherkasy and Sumy, the voting process is considerably slower and long lines are being experienced as voters must obtain several ballots.
 
At the time of this report, UWC observers have monitored the vote at over 1100 polling stations in 39 Ukrainian cities.

The UWC Mission is the third largest international election observation mission to the early 2014 Presidential Election. The Mission includes 236 international observers from 22 countries who are monitoring the vote in Ukraine and the diaspora. The UWC Mission is headed by United States Federal Judge Bohdan Futey.
 
The UWC Mission will release its next report at 22:00.
 
On 26 May 2014 at 9:30 the UWC Mission will hold a press conference at the UNIAN Information Agency to announce the results of its observations.
 
Contact information in Kyiv:
Oleksiy Zakharchenko
6 Muzeinyi provulok, Room 106
Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel: +38(097) 5102303

25 May 2014
MEDIA RELEASE
 
Ukrainian World Congress International Election Observation Mission: Elections in Ukraine progressing without major violations

As of 14:00 on 25 May 2014 the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) International Election Observation Mission notes that voter turnout in electoral districts is high and that the elections are progressing in accordance with international democratic election standards.
 
At this point in the election the following infractions have been observed:
 
  • campaign advertising for individual candidates in various areas of Ukraine (billboards, city lights, etc.) and incidents of campaigning at polling stations; 
  • the delayed opening of some polling stations, specifically in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mykolayiv and Kherson;
  • unsealed ballot boxes; and
  • incidents of interruptions in the work of regional electoral commissions due to mix-ups with ballots for the Presidential vote and the mayoral vote, including the regions of Kyiv and Odesa.
 
The UWC Mission draws particular attention to the voting process in the city of Kyiv which is complicated due to the simultaneous election of the mayor and city council. Long lines have been observed at polling stations, some numbering 200-400 people.
 
“Notwithstanding the threats and challenges that have been looming over these early Presidential Elections in Ukraine, we are witnessing a huge turnout of the electorate. The elections are progressing transparently and democratically. The violations, which have been noted thus far by UWC observers, do not have any substantial effect on the results of the voting,” informed UWC Chief Observer Peter Sztyk.
 
The UWC Mission is also monitoring the vote in polling stations outside Ukraine. Over 475,000 Ukrainians registered to vote throughout 75 countries and 114 polling stations.
 
The early Presidential Elections in Ukraine have resulted in significant participation of the citizens of Ukraine living in the diaspora. In many countries voters are waiting in long lines, particularly in Madrid where voters are waiting for close to three hours to cast their vote.
 
The UWC Mission includes 236 international observers from 22 countries and is the third largest mission to the early 2014 Presidential Elections in Ukraine. The majority of the observers have Ukrainian election monitoring experience. The UWC Mission is monitoring the electoral process in 21 oblasts of Ukraine.
 
The UWC Mission will release its next report at 18:00.
 
On 26 May 2014 at 9:30 the UWC Mission will hold a press conference at the UNIAN Information Agency to announce the results of the its observations.
 
 
 
Contact information in Kyiv:
Oleksiy Zakharchenko
6 Muzeinyi provulok, Room 106
Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel: +38(097) 5102303



21 May 2014
MEDIA RELEASE
 
Head of UWC Mission: Government of Ukraine is doing everything
for the Presidential Election to be conducted honestly and transparently

On 19 and 20 May 2014 the Head of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) International Election Observation Mission (UWC Mission) to the 25 May 2014 Presidential Election in Ukraine, Bohdan Futey, met with Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatseniuk, Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Andriy Deshchytsia, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaichenko and Chairman of the Supreme Court of Ukraine Yaroslav Romaniuk.
 
The topics of discussion included the preparations for the early Presidential Election and municipal elections in Ukraine, and the role of the UWC Mission which has begun its work in Ukraine.
 
Bohdan Futey informed the high-ranking officials that the UWC Mission is comprised of 236 international observers from 22 countries and is the third largest mission to the 2014 Presidential Election. Most of the observers have election monitoring experience in Ukraine. On election day the UWC Mission will monitor the electoral process in 21 Ukrainian oblasts including cities in which mayoral races will be decided.
 
Joining Bohdan Futey in most of the meetings were UWC Chief Observer Peter Sztyk and UWC Mission Manager Myroslav Hochak.
 
“The UWC Mission will help further the expression of the will of the electorate during this critical Presidential Election in Ukraine,” stated Head of the UWC Mission Bohdan Futey. “The Government of Ukraine is doing everything today for the Presidential Election to be conducted honestly and transparently.”
 

Contact information in Kyiv:
Oleksiy Zakharchenko
6 Muzeinyi provulok, Room 106 (near the Dnipro hotel in central Kyiv)
Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel: +380 97 5102303



21 May 2014
MEDIA RELEASE

Ukrainian World Congress observation mission
to further more open and transparent Presidential elections in Ukraine

The Central Election Commission of Ukraine has registered 236 international observers from the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) from 22 countries.
 
The majority of the UWC observers are experienced in monitoring the electoral process having been involved in previous elections, including the parliamentary elections on 28 October 2012 and repeat elections in five single-mandate electoral districts on 15 December 2013.
 
The UWC International Election Observation Mission to the Presidential Election on 25 May 2014 (UWC Mission) is the third largest international observation mission for these elections following the observation missions of the OSCE which numbers 1056 observers and the European Network of Election Monitoring Organisations with 382 observers.
 
On election day, UWC observers will monitor the electoral process in 21 Ukrainian oblasts, including the cities in which mayoral elections will be held.
 
The UWC Mission includes a group of youth from its member organization, the World Congress of Ukrainian Youth Organizations (WCUYO).
 
During the elections the UWC Mission will actively cooperate with the mission of another UWC member organization, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America with 222 observers, and with observers from the Civil Network Opora and the Committee of Voters of Ukraine.
 
The Head of the UWC Mission is United States Federal Judge Bohdan Futey. The Chief Observer is Peter Sztyk and the Manager of the UWC Mission is Myroslav Hochak, President of the WCUYO.
 
One of the objectives of the UWC is to monitor democratic processes, including elections and referendums. As a result, the UWC consistently participates in observing electoral processes in Ukraine.
 
“As with former UWC election observation missions, the UWC is deploying a mission comprised of volunteers who will observe and report on these crucial elections in Ukraine. I believe that this is a testament to the quality of our mission and the dedication of our observers who have joined the UWC Mission from 22 countries to observe democracy in action as Ukraine strives to hold free and fair presidential elections on 25 May 2014,” stated UWC Head of Mission Bohdan Futey.
 

Contact information in Kyiv:
Oleksiy Zakharchenko
6 Muzeinyi provulok, Room 106 (near the Dnipro hotel in central Kyiv)
Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel: +380 97 5102303


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