On April 4th, Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC) released the final results of the March 31st presidential elections. With 39 candidates vying for president, no candidate received an absolute majority. According to the CEC, with voter turnout at 62.8%, Volodymyr Zelenskiy secured 30.24% of the vote, while Ukraine’s incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko garnered 15.95%. The presidential run-off election between Zelenskiy and Poroshenko will be held on Sunday, April 21st.
Ukrainian Congress Committee of America is therefore, once again, seeking volunteers to join its Election Observation Mission (EOM) to monitor the April 21st decisive run-off elections.
Interested individuals must fill out the attached observer application and provide a scanned copy of their passport to the UCCA office by April 12th. Those observers accredited for the March 31st vote are eligible to monitor the April 21st vote.
With long-term experience in observing elections, the UCCA EOM will conduct a training briefing for its observers on Thursday, April 18th on how best to serve as international election monitors. Official CEC accreditation will be provided and coordinated through the UCCA, which will also organize in-country travel and lodging, translators and guides, if necessary.
The goal of the UCCA EOM is to support an open and transparent electoral process during the run-off elections, specifically to monitor adherence to the law, prevent violations and provocations at polling stations during voting and provide an assessment of the electoral process. The UCCA does not support any one candidate or political party and supports Ukraine’s commitment to OSCE standards for a free and fair election that accurately reflects the will of the electorate. The UCCA-EOM is therefore comprised of volunteers, with registered International Election Observers responsible for all costs related to their participation in the UCCA-EOM, including, but not limited to, travel and lodging.
For further information about the UCCA's International Election Observer program, or to submit your application please email UCCA’s EOM Coordinator, Tamara Olexy at email@example.com.