Maxim Stepanov met with representatives of the OSCE: "It is important that the elections are held transparently and within the framework of the law"

22 February 2019, 19:40
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The Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Maxim Stepanov met with representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Presidential Election Observation Mission. The parties discussed cooperation in preventing violations during the electoral process, free access to polling stations and the maintenance of law and order.

"We entered the phase of dynamic development of political events. The highest number of candidates in the history of the election has been registered in the elections - 44. This is a direct indicator of democracy and freedom of choice of citizens. For me, it is important that the entire electoral process takes place within the framework of the law. We are ready, in particular, to cooperate with the OSCE team that you represent on the territory of the region, and provide the necessary organizational and technical support ", - said the head of the Regional State Administration Maxim Stepanov.

The head of the region also noted that currently the CEC has registered 348 international observers, and the Odessa Regional State Administration is ready to cooperate with all organizations during the elections. In addition, further meetings are planned with OSCE representatives to ensure the order of the election process with the involvement of law enforcement officials.

"There are currently six representatives of the long-term observer commission on the territory of the region. It is important for us that all conditions for transparent elections are created. We are ready for fruitful cooperation in this process. Thank you for all your answers to our questions and your openness, "said Onno Van der Wind, an expert on the OSCE's Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.