2010 Mission to Ukraine (Presidential Election)
On 17 January 2010, forty-seven participants of the project “Election Observation: Theory and Practice” went to Ukraine to observe the first round of the Ukrainian presidential election. The project group included the students of the European Humanities University (EHU), representatives of Belarusian NGOs, Swedish and Lithuanian civil activists and students.The participants were divided into 4 groups and spread into four areas: Donetsk, Kyiv, Lviv and Odessa.
On 16 January, 2010 the participants were monitoring the pre-election campaigning and assessing its compliance with the legislation. On the Election day 17 January, 2010, the groups in each region were visiting the offices of the candidates and interviewing their representatives, meeting the members of Ukrainian youth NGOs interested in the political development in Ukraine, attending press-conferences devoted to the election process, cooperating with Committee of Voters of Ukraine (an NGO conducting local long-term observation).
On the election day, participants of the project group conducted a survey among the voters in Ukraine. The results of around 500 surveyed people reflected the attitude of citizens towards the estimated value of their vote and the degree of trust for the Ukrainian electoral system itself.
Based on the activities listed above, the participants of the mission collected valuable information regarding the pre-election situation and the election process in Ukraine which is reflected in the final report of the mission.