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Serbian observer Vejlevich: We did not see violations in Kherson

A group of foreign observers at School No. 37 observed how members of the election commission opened the ballot boxes and counted the votes of those who voted in the referendum.

A group of foreign observers at School No. 37 observed how members of the election commission opened the ballot boxes and counted the votes of those who voted in the referendum.

A photo: Igor EMELYANOV

A group of foreign observers at School No. 37 observed how members of the election commission opened the ballot boxes and counted the votes of those who voted in the referendum.

Your correspondent asked an observer from Serbia to comment on what he and his colleagues saw during this referendum

– My name is Goran Vejlevich, I am a lawyer and I have a lot of experience in referendums in difficult conditions. I have been an observer in many countries of the world. I was in Crimea in March 2014.

All we saw was that there were no violations. The people have clearly and democratically expressed their will. And this is the most important thing. I didn’t see any violation. If we had seen it, we would have recorded it.

Colleagues from other countries are in full solidarity with me. These are abnormal conditions. There is no way to fully comply with international standards here.

But even in such conditions it is very well done. As a professional I tell you.

Security, of course, can not be called good. But I worked in the elections in the Balkans – there were problems there too. We went through all this from 1992 to 1999. And brother shot at brother, and that’s all we see here.

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