President Viktor Yanukovych has invited observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to monitor Ukraine’s parliamentary elections on October 28, 2012, the president’s press office said in a statement. “Reaffirming my particular interest in holding fair and transparent elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in full compliance with the high international standards, I am addressing you with a request to send the official observation missions to Ukraine,” reads a letter of President Viktor Yanukovych’s to the Heads of State and Government of OSCE participating states.
Yanukovych expressed his belief that all members of the electoral process in Ukraine are interested in close cooperation with the international community and the presence of official observers from foreign countries and international organizations during the election campaign. “We realize that the country’s social stability and the prospects for the further modernization of Ukraine and its active participation in the global political and economic processes will depend on these elections,” he said in the letter. The head of state noted that the Ukrainian authorities strictly follow the fundamental principles of electoral law established by the Constitution and international treaties of Ukraine, in particular, organizing free elections, guaranteeing openness and transparency of the electoral process.