19:04 11.01.2010

Central Election Commission fails to register over 2,000 official observers from Georgia

The Central Election Commission has failed to decide on the registration of 2,011 international official observers from Georgia for the upcoming presidential election in Ukraine.

Only seven out of ten commission members voted for a draft resolution on the registration of such a number of Georgian observers at a meeting on Monday, with at least eight votes required to take the necessary decision.

Commission member Yulia Shvets said that the Georgian Embassy in Ukraine submitted to the commission a request for the registration of 2,042 official observers on January 8. She also said that January 11 is deadline for the registration of international official observers.

Another commission member, Tamara Astakhova, said that due to a lack of time, commission members had managed to examine documents on the registration of only 378 observers. So she proposed registering this number of official observers. However, her proposal received support from only five commission members.

As a result, the Central Election Commission has registered no Georgian observers. Commission chairman Volodymyr Shapoval said that Georgian observers could be registered to monitor the vote during a potential second round of the presidential election on February 7.

Thus, 3,149 international observers will monitor the January 17 presidential election in Ukraine.

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