The key Government’s task amid two election campaigns is to guarantee a free and democratic electoral process and ensure the sustainable economic development of the country. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman made this statement during a meeting with representatives of the International Republican Institute, the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) and the National Democratic Institute. They will be observers for the presidential election in Ukraine along with the registered by Central Election Commission 2344 international observers from foreign states and international organizations.
The Head of Government stressed that Ukraine and Government are open to the democratic world and has the staunchest stance on the irreversibility of reforms. "It is important to ensure that both the presidential and parliamentary elections take place in a transparent, open and democratic way. This is fundamentally important. The success will be when the will of the people will be realized as a result of fair elections. It will strengthen our democracy. The first stage of preparation for the process is carried out. The Government, first and foremost, has clear responsibilities in terms of logistical support and our position is clear - open and democratic elections ", the Prime Minister stated.
Volodymyr Groysman placed a special emphasis on the issue of security. "Everyone should act within the limits of the pale of the legislation. My requirement is clear: if there are manifestations of a violation of the law or an attempt to intervene in the process, they should be immediately prevented by the forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Police ", the Prime Minister claimed.
The Head of Government also drew attention to the existing external threats, first of all, in the context of Russia's attempts to intervene in the Ukrainian election process. So, the Government does not rule out the possibility that Russia can make attempt to escalate the situation in Donbas or the Azov-Black Sea region, as well as to continue to actively disseminate fake and frank disinformation to influence the mood of voters.
"Russia tries to interfere in the electoral process using various instruments. Special services are taking care of this," Volodymyr Groysman emphasized.
The PM underlined that the Government will consolidate efforts to secure the electoral process. "The Пovernment has ensured the holding of the first round of elections, primarily, concerning material and technical support. All organizational issues are solved. Now I am concerned about the entire electoral process. Every single thing is incredibly important. I am committed to the idea of democratic elections - it is extremely important, and I urge observers to concentrate on these purposes. The Government will provide assistance to everything needed", Volodymyr Groysman underscored.