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You're reading: Will October’s elections be free and fair?

I was a bit surprised to see some people interpreting my words as suggesting that the mere presence of the OSCE observers automatically meant the elections would be fair. This is of course not what I said.

It is indeed good news that Ukraine has invited OSCE/ODIHR well in advance, so that the observer mission can make as well-informed a judgement as possible.

It will not, however, be possible for OSCE/ODIHR, the UK or anyone else to form a final judgement on the degree to which the October elections meet Ukraine’s international obligations until we have seen what happens between now and October; and how the elections themselves are conducted.

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