Professor monitors Ukraine election

January 13, 2005, vol. 32, no. 1

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The Ukraine's second presidential election held Dec. 26 was monitored by more than 5,000 neutral international observers, including a large observer team from Canada.

Among them was Doug McArthur, a professor of public policy at SFU, whose team was sent to Sebastopol in Crimea, the base for the Russian Black Sea fleet, where large scale fraud was suspected in the last round.

“Observers were received with some suspicion and even hostility, but we were able to get the job done under sometimes challenging conditions,” notes McArthur, who is just back.

“Some technical violations of voting law and practice were found, but on the whole the elections proceeded in a free and fair way.”

McArthur says it was clear that the external observers ensured that the election accurately reflected the democratic will of the majority.

“The undertaking was a success, and a considerable credit to Canada, which took the lead in mobilizing this massive observer effort."

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