BRAMA, February 1, 2010, 9:00 AM ET
OSCE PA election observers prepare for second round in Ukraine
Copenhagen, 1 February 2010 Around 60 member of the OSCE
Parliamentary Assembly will arrive in Ukraine this week to observe the
second round of the Ukraine presidential election on Sunday, 7 February.
The observers will be deployed all over Ukraine.
As in the first round, the Assembly's President,Joao Soares
(Portugal), will lead the OSCE PA delegation. He will also serve again
as the OSCE Special Co-ordinator, appointed by the Kazakh
Chairman-in-Office, to lead all OSCE short-term observers and to deliver
the post-election statement at a press conference scheduled to take
place in Kyiv on Monday, 8 February.
"This was a good and competitive election and very promising for the
future of Ukraine’s democracy," said President Soares after the
first election round on 17 January.
Over 800 short term observers were deployed as part of the
International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) on 17 January. The
observers represented 47 of the 56 OSCE participating States. As in the
first round, the OSCE mission will comprise of the PA and the Office for
Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and be joined by
parliamentarians from the Council of Europe, NATO, and the European
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