KYIV, UKRAINE, May 15, 2014 /CNW/ - Thirty-nine long-term observers (LTOs) have been deployed by Canadian Election Observation Missions (CANEOM), in support of Ukraine's democratic development, to observe the preparations for Ukraine's presidential elections scheduled for May 25, 2014.
The observers participated in two days of training in Kyiv covering the electoral legal framework, election observation strategies and techniques, international standards and code of conduct for election observers, security assessments and procedures and an overview of political, social and economic issues in Ukraine. The country and political overview was provided by His Excellency Troy Lulashnyk, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine.
CANEOM's Mission Director Kevin Colbourne told the LTOs that "we are here to observe the elections and thereby assist in improving the transparency and fairness of the electoral process."
"We also want to make sure our observers are safe. In addition to security procedures, threat assessments are being done on a daily basis, and updated as required," Colbourne said.
Decisions on the deployment of observers are based on maximizing coverage across Ukraine while taking into account daily threat assessments.
The CANEOM election observation mission includes 39 long-term and 300 short-term observers (STOs). One hundred STOs will be deployed for the first round of elections scheduled for May 25. If a second round is required CANEOM will deploy 200 STOs.
More than 1,500 Canadians applied to CANEOM to be observers of Ukraine's early presidential elections.
CANEOM is organized by the Forum of Federations. CUSO International and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress have partnered with CANEOM to provide support to the observation mission for Ukraine's 2014 early presidential election.
The mission is entirely funded by the Government of Canada. It is managed by an independent team of non-governmental professionals. CANEOM's core team members for this mission have experience monitoring elections in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Georgia, Haiti, Indonesia, Lesotho, Mali, Mongolia and Ukraine.
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