BRAMA, November 1, 2009, 9:00 AM ET
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President visits Ukraine on election mission
COPENHAGEN, 30 October 2009 The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE oscepa.org) in Europe, Mr. Joao Soares, will visit
Ukraine next week to continue preparations for the observation of the 2010
President Soares, from Portugal, will personally lead the observation mission being
deployed by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and has scheduled this visit to get an
early impression of developments in the election campaign.
On 2 and 3 November, in Kyiv, the President will meet with representatives of
political parties and candidates, the Central Election Commission, local and
international experts, and representatives of civil society.
Mr. Soares, who has extensive experience monitoring elections in the OSCE area, will
return to Ukraine in January to lead the delegation of OSCE parliamentarians that
will be deployed across the country. The OSCE PA observation mission will work
closely with other observers, including from the OSCE Office for Democratic
Institutions and Human Rights and other parliamentary bodies.
Since 1993, the OSCE PA has deployed more than 3000 parliamentarians to observe
elections across the OSCE region.
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