This preliminary statement is offered by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) election observer delegation to Ukraine’s April 21, 2019, second round presidential election. The delegation, which included observers from eleven countries, was led by former Director of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) Dame Audrey Glover, former United States Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, NDI Regional Director for Eurasia Laura Jewett, and NDI Global Associate and Senior Resident Director Mary O’Hagan. This statement builds on the findings of four long-term analysts and the ongoing work of NDI’s office in Ukraine, as well as the joint NDI and European Parliament pre-election assessment delegation statement issued in November 2018, and the NDI preliminary statement on the March 31 first round of the presidential election. NDI has collaborated closely in these efforts with the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Ukrainian civic network OPORA, and the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO).
The aims of NDI’s election observation mission are to accurately and impartially assess various aspects of the election process, and to offer recommendations to support peaceful, credible elections and public confidence in the process. The Institute has undertaken its mission in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, its accompanying Code of Conduct for International Election Observers, and Ukrainian law. The delegation would like to stress that this statement is preliminary in nature. The official results are not yet finalized, and any electoral complaints that may be lodged are yet to be adjudicated. NDI will continue to monitor electoral processes and may issue further statements. The delegation recognizes that it is the people of Ukraine who will ultimately determine the credibility and legitimacy of their election.