Speaking in Toronto on September 11, 2014 Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada will be sending an independent team of election observers to monitor the early parliamentary election in Ukraine, scheduled for October 26, 2014. The bilateral Canadian observation mission will see the deployment of 40 long-term (LTO) and 150 short-term (STO) observers to monitor these elections.

Since 1991, Canada has invested considerable effort and resources in support of Ukraine’s democratic transformation, and during this time, Canadian election observers have monitored numerous presidential and parliamentary elections, and helped promote credible elections and adoption of internationally recognized best practices by Ukraine’s electoral establishment. This initiative builds on Canada’s tradition of assisting Ukraine’s ongoing democratic development through bilateral election observation missions. Most recently Canada deployed 38 LTOs and 100 STOs, through CANEOM, to observe early Presidential elections in Ukraine which concluded on May 25, 2014.

The heads of mission for the May CANEOM mission, Senator Raynell Andreychuk  and former Ontario Premier Mike Harris, presented the Prime Minister with the final observation report from the early presidential election.

Canadian Election Observation Missions (CANEOM) is proud to contribute to this tradition through its engagement with the government of Canada – specifically, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. CANEOM is organized by the Forum of Federations, with support from Cuso International and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. The mission is by the Government of Canada, and managed at arm’s length. CANEOM’s mandate is to organize and execute election observation and monitoring missions internationally.

The mission’s objectives are to observe, record and report on the electoral exercise, and to aggregate findings into a final report on whether the election results may be deemed to reflect the genuine democratic expression of the Ukrainian people.
Members of CANEOM’s core team for this mission have experience monitoring elections in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Georgia, Haiti, Indonesia, Lesotho, Mali, Mongolia and Ukraine, with additional democratic development experience in an even greater range of countries.

CANEOM will assess Ukraine’s electoral process in accordance with international standards, commitments and obligations for genuine democratic elections, including the OSCE’s Copenhagen Declaration of 1990 and other international human rights obligations. CANEOM subscribes to the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observers and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers that was commemorated at the United Nations on October 27, 2005, and endorsed by 42 intergovernmental and international organizations. In all of our mission’s activities, CANEOM pledges to adhere to all domestic laws, and to respect the core election observation principles of impartiality and non-interference.