The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has selected 24 Russian representatives for the Ukrainian election observation mission.
"ODIHR has just sent to the Central Election Commission of Ukraine the list of the names offered by OSCE participating states to take part as short-term observers for the ODIHR election observation mission for the presidential election in Ukraine. The names of 24 people nominated as observers by the Russian Federation are included in the list," ODIHR Spokesperson Thomas Rymer informed the Russian news agency TASS on Friday.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on February 7, 2019, passed bill No. 9524 on amendments to certain laws on observing the electoral process in Ukraine that bans citizens of the Russian Federation from being recruited as election observers for the presidential, parliamentary, and local elections in Ukraine.
On February 26, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko enacted a law that bans citizens of the Russian Federation from being hired as election observers for the presidential, parliamentary, and local elections in Ukraine.