Because of my strong interest in Ukrainian politics, election observation experience, international contacts and my desire to see the people enjoy the benefits of democratic elections, I established the Foundation for Free Elections. When President Viktor Yanukovych extended his invitation to international monitoring organizations we responded, our observers were subsequently accredited by the Central Election Commission.
I monitored the vote count in Kyiv at precinct 800077 in district 211. The commissioners and particularly the deputy were hostile, aggressive and abusive toward the observers – both domestic and international. They created an atmosphere of intimidation which did not honor the invitation of their president and their behavior was an embarrassment to all decent Ukrainians.
Their absolute disregard for election law and general incompetence was shocking. At one point when my translator inquired as to why they were not following the law, the commissioners began shouting at the observers.