PACE to observe the presidential election in Macedonia and Ukraine

Presidential elections are scheduled for April 21 in two European countries – Macedonia and Ukraine. Both states are felt to zone of tiny NATO interest and influence. Macedonia even has changed its name to North Macedonia specially for entering NATO alliance. Greece from historical and territorial reasons was strongly against its former name and blocked any step to involve Macedonia to NATO. Ukraine is also the territory of high interest for NATO, it is used as a weapon against Russia in NATO-Russia conflict during last five years.

As PACE informs two delegations will visit both countries and observe elections.

An 8-member delegation of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), led by Marie-Christine Dalloz (France, EPP/CD), will travel to North Macedonia to observe the conduct of the presidential election, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

The delegation will meet, in particular, the Speaker of Parliament, presidential candidates and representatives of the State Electoral Commission, the State Commission for preventing corruption, civil society and the media, before observing the ballot on 21 April.

A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 22 April in Skopje (place and time to be confirmed).

A 16-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Angela Smith (United Kingdom, SOC), will travel to Ukraine to observe the 2nd round of the presidential election, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

The delegation will meet, in particular, the presidential candidates or their representatives, and representatives of the Central Election Commission, civil society and the media, before observing the ballot on 21 April.

There is no information about press conference scheduled after elections in Kiev.

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