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Friday, November 27, 2009

Call for Volunteer Election Observers

Ukraine 2010 Presidential Elections

Deadline for Applications is December 15, 2009

Toronto, Ontario -November 27, 2009 - The Canada Ukraine Foundation, an official Observer Mission Agency recognized by the Central Election Commission of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, which successfully monitored several elections in Ukraine since 2004, are organizing an Election Observer Mission for the 2010 Presidential Elections. The election will take place on January 17, 2010 with an anticipated second round of voting on February 7, 2010 and application forms for interested individuals are now available online.

We invite you to apply for one of the following two observer options available:

Option A: Team Leaders: a 3 to 6 week commitment for January 8 - 23, 2010 and/or January 25 to February 13, 2010;

Option B: Short-term observers: must commit to a 9- day commitment for either January 12 - January 20th or from February 2 - 10, 2010.

Volunteers will be required to cover the cost of their travel expenses to Ukraine and their personal medical insurance. You must also ensure that you will be present in Kyiv, Ukraine during the required times and dates as outlined for each position, and be available for training, election observing and post election debriefing both in Ukraine and Canada (pre-mission training dates and locations to be announced). Failure to participate in the full training schedule will disqualify the observer from participation in the program.

All applicants will be contacted to confirm that your application has been received.

Ukraine is at a historical crossroads and it is essential that this election meet the norms for a legitimate election process during Ukraine's continued journey toward democracy. The people of Ukraine's voice and vote in these elections is as critical as ever. Support the process by becoming an internationally accredited election observer.

The deadline for all applications is December 15, 2009.
More information and the application form are available online at

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