This preliminary statement is offered by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) election observer delegation to Ukraine’s July 21, 2019, snap parliamentary elections. The delegation, which included observers from 10 countries, was led by John Bruton, former prime minister of Ireland and European Union Ambassador to the United States; Dame Audrey Glover, former director of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR); Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Laura Jewett, NDI regional director for Eurasia. This statement builds on the findings of seven long-term analysts and the ongoing work of NDI’s office in Ukraine, as well as a joint NDI and European Parliament pre-election assessment delegation statement issued in November 2018, and NDI’s statements on the first and second rounds of the presidential election in March and April 2019. NDI has collaborated closely in these efforts with the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Ukrainian civic association OPORA, and the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO).
Monday, July 22, 2019