The European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) this week brought police officers together with civil society groups in two Ukrainian cities, Lviv and Kropyvnytskyi. The aim is to establish dialogue and trust ahead of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections on 21 July.
With a few valuable lessons learnt during the recent presidential elections, both parties were in a good position to discuss the main challenges ahead in terms of public order and a smooth voting experience for citizens.
In the context of electoral integrity, participants discussed ways to establish productive cooperation between civil society and police, measures to prevent violations of electoral legislation, and police response.
Members of civil society in Lviv and Kropyvnytskyi highlighted that the EUAM round-table format helps them to gain a better understanding of the police’s role during the electoral period, and of problems that police officers face.
Police representatives said that cooperation with civil society had improved thanks to such dialogue platforms.
EUAM Ukraine is an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission headquartered in Kyiv, with field offices in Lviv, Kharkiv and Odesa. It also carries out projects across the country. It was established on 22 July 2014 and began operations on 1 December 2014.
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