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Observers keep vigil in Ukraine


Observers keep vigil in Ukraine

The international community has deployed nearly 4,000 observers in Ukraine for these elections from the OSCE, the Council of Europe, European Parliament and NATO among others.

Euronews went with one team from the European Parliament into the countryside, some 100 kilometres from the capital, Kyiv.

“It’s a different tradition to the one we have. The observers are very removed from the scrutiny of the voters and their identity and so on, but things apparently in this polling station that we have visited seem to be ok,” said Portugal’s EP Vice President Mario David.

“The reports we got from the international organisations especially the OSCE and the ODIR that have been here as long-term observers, and has the expertise, painted a fairly black picture, actually,” said EPP member from Sweden Anna Maria Corazza Bild.

Enthusiasm for the vote appears restrained, with many electors expressing frustration at the pace of change, and the seeming inability of some politicians to resist corruption.