According to OPORA's observers, heads if PECs in some electoral districts have informed that they will not give them copies of protocols on vote count.

Such incidents are reported at some precinct election commission in election district #89 (Kolomyia) simultaneously, as well as in district #85 (Tlumach), and Ivano-Frankivsk at polling stations #260917 and #260919 (district #84). The Heads of PECs explain their decisions by the fact that observers don't have forms of protocols, and there are no copy machines at polling stations to make these forms.

"The law doesn't oblige observers to have copies of protocol forms with them. Moreover, the law doesn't provide such right for observers. Thus, they were not obliged to have them. According to the Law, the PEC shall provide copies of protocols to observers who were present during the vote count process." - Ivan Maruniak, OPORA's coordinator in Prykarpatiia, stated.

This problem was obviously mass problem all over Ukraine. Thus, the CEC have reacted and sent all district election commissions a demand to oblige PECs to immediately provide copies of protocols to observers.

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For comment, please contact:
Ivan Maruniak
Electoral Programs Coordinator of Civil Network OPORA in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast
063 628 67 68

Civic monitoring conducted by OPORA - is a type of network activity, aimed at impartial assessment of the preparation and conduct of elections, as well as preventing electoral violations through comprehensive civic action.

Since March, OPORA conducts a wide observation campaign during snap Presidential election, interim Parliamentary elections (district #83), and special local elections. The organization cooperates with 175 long-term observers, who are watching the course of election campaign in all Ukrainian regions. On the Election Day on May 25, 3,000 activists will join them to conduct the parallel vote tabulation, based on statistical sample.