The Ukrainian election looks legitimate so far — but overnight will tell the tale, MP James Bezan said this afternoon from his election observation post near the Russian border.
Bezan (PC-Interlake-Selkirk) said that he has not heard any reports of harm or danger to the 350-plus Canadian election observers.
There have been reports of violence and intimidation in a dozen cities and towns, he said, but the observers have also been told that the Ukrainian government has provided alternate polling locations for voters in those areas.
"It’s going to take all through the night and into tomorrow" for ballots to be counted, and for international observers to be able to conclude if the election was completed in a legitimate manner, he said.
In the past, Bezan said, ballot-box stuffing and other tactics were generally believed to have taken place in the evening and through the night.