There are no international observers from Russia to the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine, Chairman of Ukraine's Central Election Commission (CEC) Mykhailo Okhendovsky has said.
"As for international observers from Russia, CEC has not received relevant applications [for their registration]. Accordingly there are no observers from Russia," he said at a briefing on Sunday.
He said that a total of 2,300 international official observers have been registered for the election in Ukraine, and most of all from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) - 779.
Earlier this week chairman of Russia\'s CEC Vladimir Churov said that Russia would conduct remote monitoring of the elections in Ukraine.
"We are interested in issues of voter turnout, the formation of voter registers, the opening and closure of polling stations, in ballot-counting," he said on Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei radio.
He said Russian monitors also hope to receive a detailed report from the OSCE mission that is operating in Ukraine.
Churov said that Russian monitors have experience of remote observance of the U.S. presidential elections in 2012 and the elections to the German parliament in 2013.
He added that head of Ukraine's CEC Mykhailo Okhendovsky had not requested sending Russian observers to the Sunday election.
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