(MENAFN - UkrinForm) Canada will allocate $24 million to support electoral reforms, election observers, gender equality and inclusive governance in Ukraine, Global Affairs Canada has reported.
'Canada is a steadfast partner of Ukraine. Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, announced that Canada will contribute up to $24 million to support electoral reforms, election observers, gender equality and inclusive governance in Ukraine,' the statement reads.
Global Affairs Canada stressed that "electoral observation missions are key contributors to strengthening democratic institutions." "Canada will support Ukraine by committing a significant number of Canadian observers to support both a Canadian bilateral observation mission and, if called upon next year, an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) election observation mission," the statement noted.
At the same time, Canada's support will focus on the greater democratic participation of civil society, the empowerment of women in the democratic process and combatting the spread of disinformation and interference.
'Canada stands with Ukraine on its journey to implement reforms, including strengthening democratic institutions; promoting women's political participation; building public confidence in electoral processes; and deterring fraud, intimidation and violence, Global Affairs Canada summed up.