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Any Canadian interested in participating as an election observer for the Dec. 26 election in Ukraine can register with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC).
 
Ostap Skrypnyk, Executive Director
Ukrainian Canadian Congress
tel:   +1-204-942-4627 
tel:   +1-866-942-4627 (toll free in Canada only)
fax:  +1-204-947-3882
e-mail:  ostap.skrypnyk@ucc.ca
www.ucc.ca
 
 
Americans can register through the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America.
 
 
I represent a group of expats living in Ukraine who are trying to recruit a special group of observers who we will specially train for the work. They must speak Ukrainian or Russian, however, to participate in our group.
 
If you are interested, speak a local language and want to join our effort, please see the details below.
 
Sincerely,
 
Andrius Nemickas
 
 
 
 
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UKRAINE NEEDS YOU !
 
On Sunday December 26, 2004, a re-vote of the run-off for the Presidential Election in Ukraine is planned.  Anyone who is over the age of 18 and a citizen of another country (i.e. other than Ukraine) can become an international observer.  (Ukrainian citizens can be local observers)  The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), in cooperation with the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), has organized international election observers for the first two rounds and are now seeking observers for round three.  You do not need to be Canadian to register through the UCC, you may be a citizen of any country except Ukraine.  You can make a contribution to democracy in Ukraine and spend the most interesting Christmas ever by coming to Ukraine to observe the elections !
 
What's Involved
 
The key role of an international observer is to monitor the election process and record evidence of violations and falsifications, if any.  It is NOT to support any one of the candidates for President. 
 
To be an effective observer, you should try to arrive in Ukraine at least 3 days before the election, though preferably about 1 week before. You should expect to stay for 2-3 days after the election.  For those already in Ukraine, plan to spend about 3 days before and 2 days after the election in the region where you will be posted.  A training session will be organized for observers before the election (most likely in Kyiv, possibly in Canada too - we will inform you).  Observers should try to bring with them a video camera, digital / photo camera, flashlight, and mobile phone that will work in Europe (tri band or GSM 900/1800 - this is different than most cell phones in North America), with extra film, batteries, etc.  If you don't have some of these things, our local team will try to provide them for you. 
 
The days before the election will require preparatory work and visiting of the Territorial Election Commission (TEC) and some polling stations.  On election day you will start at 7 am and travel to about 10 different polling stations in your region.  In the evening you will be assigned to a polling station for the counting of ballots, which takes several hours, often until early morning.  Then you follow the ballots and documents to the TEC, where the results are entered into a computer.  After the election, you will be asked to record your observations, provide evidence of violations, etc.  Be prepared to get little sleep for 1-2 days during the election.  More information and details will be provided during the training session.  It's really a lot of fun - ask those who have done it before.
 
The groups we are trying to organize will primarily be posted to regions of Ukraine that had significant violations in past rounds - oblasts we are targeting include Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhya, Kirovohrad, Odessa, Kherson, Mykolayiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Crimea.  Those from overseas should not expect this to be a party trip to visit relatives in Ukraine - you will be out in one of these regions for a few days to a week.  If you have a preference for any of the listed regions, please note it in your application, although it cannot be guaranteed.
 
Costs and Logistics
 
Costs - There is currently a fundraising campaign to collect money to cover election monitoring costs.  However, at this point in time, observers will be required to cover many of their own costs, in particular travel to and from Ukraine.  Local accommodation and travel will be organized for you, but you might be required to contribute to or cover these costs.  Once the fundraising is complete, you might be reimbursed for some of your costs.  If you don't have the costs to travel but are very interested in coming, please note this in your application.
 
Visas - you will need a valid visa to travel to Ukraine.  Apparently, these are available for free from the Ukrainian Embassy or consulate nearest you, only after you are registered with the CEC.  So the sooner you register with UCC, we will register you with the CEC and the easier this should be.  However, PLEASE contact your local Ukrainian Embassy or consulate AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to ask them if visas are still available for free for observers and how long this will take.  You might need to purchase a visa if time is short.  Please contact the UCC for more information.
 
Flights - given the holiday season, please make flight reservations as soon as possible.  However, please contact the UCC to confirm your registration and participation before you pay for your flight.
 
When and How to Register
 
To register as an international observer, if you are currently based in Canada, complete BOTH the attached forms and send them by fax or email AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, but no later than December 11th, to:
 
Ostap Skrypnyk, Executive Director
Ukrainian Canadian Congress
fax:  +1-204-947-3882
e-mail:  ostap.skrypnyk@ucc.ca
 
To register as an international observer, if you are currently based in Ukraine, the United States or countries other than Canada, complete BOTH the attached forms and send them by fax or email AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, but no later than December 11th, to:
 
Yarema Shulakewych
Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Kyiv
fax: +38-044-272-4715  (will be activated on Monday Dec. 6)
 
There are two forms - one for UCC and one for the Central Election Commission of Ukraine (CEC).  If there is something on the forms you do not understand, please leave it blank or call one of the contact offices. The UCC will contact you for additional information if required.  The UCC will submit all forms to the CEC.  Anyone submitting an application after the deadlines will not be guaranteed a spot.  If you have a preference for any of the listed regions, please note it in your application.  Also, if you don't have the costs to travel but are very interested in coming, please note this in your application.  Don't forget you don't need to be Canadian to register through the UCC.
 
If you were an observer for one of the first two rounds, it is very likely that your accreditation will be valid for round three.  Please complete only the UCC form and submit it so that we know you are interested and can contact you to verify the validity of your observer card.
 
If you can't come to Ukraine, you can still participate - feel free to contribute to help raise funds and cover costs for election monitors.  Depending on your location, please get in touch with the UCC contacts listed below to make a donation. 
 
 
Contact information
 
In Canada, please contact:
 
Ostap Skrypnyk, Executive Director
Ukrainian Canadian Congress
tel:   +1-204-942-4627 
tel:   +1-866-942-4627 (toll free in Canada only)
fax:  +1-204-947-3882
 
In Ukraine or countries other than Canada, please contact:
 
Yarema Shulakewych
Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Kyiv
tel:  +38-050-276-2209
fax: +38-044-272-4715
 
 
THANK YOU AND SEE YOU IN UKRAINE !!!  PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO OTHERS !!!
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: olexa
To: UTF@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 10:53 AM
Subject: [UTF] Fw: Accreditation for U.S. academics as observers on Dec. 26

Pls, see attached info. ob
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ivantcheva, Assia (KIEV/ODG)" <aivantcheva@usaid.gov>
To: <obasarab@telekritika.kiev.ua>
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 9:55 AM
Subject: FW: Accreditation for U.S. academics as observers on Dec. 26


Dear Olexia:

If it is not too late to get accredited through ODHIR, pls. see the
attached form. In fact my understanding is that if they get registered
through OSCE/US their expenses can be paid, but they have to find how to
do this on their own in the States;

If they are willing today their way and other expenses they can register
through ODHIR here, pls. see the attached form.
Just make sure, please, that they are non-partisan.

Thanks, Assia

-----Original Message-----
From: olexa [mailto:obasarab@telekritika.kiev.ua]
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 3:45 PM
To: Ivantcheva, Assia (KIEV/ODG)
Subject: Fw: [aaus-list] Accreditation for U.S. academics as observers
on Dec. 26

Dear Assia,

maybe, you may advise them smth.

Cheers,

Olexia
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert DeLossa" <radelo@earthlink.net>
To: <aaus-list@ukrainianstudies.org>
Cc: "Roman Senkus" <r.senkus@utoronto.ca>; <announce@infoukes.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 6:02 AM
Subject: [aaus-list] Accreditation for U.S. academics as observers on
Dec.
26


> Several American academic specialists are interested in serving as
> international observers for the Dec. 26 re-run-off. They can pay
> their way, but need accreditation through an appropriate
> organization. Apparently, it's too late for accreditation through
> OSCE. If anyone can suggest a Ukrainian-American organization that is
> accrediting election observers, please let me know off list and I
> will forward the information.
>
> Rob DeLossa
>


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