New ombudsman cannot be elected until conflict with his election solved – President's rep
The representative of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Verkhovna Rada, member from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction, Iryna Lutsenko, has said that the new commissioner of the Human Rights Council cannot be elected because of the uncertainty of the procedure, which should take place through secret or open voting.
"When we voted for the judicial reform and changes to the Criminal, Administrative, Civil and Criminal Procedural Codes, an amendment was made to ensure that the voting for the ombudsman took place in the open regime in the plenary hall, and the law on the ombudsman includes a procedure of secret voting with ballots," she said on the air of the Inter TV channel on Friday night.
Lutsenko noted that the world practice of electing an ombudsman envisages a secret ballot.
"I think that we will need to seek the coordination of this conflict, the way to vote: open or closed. As soon as this collision is eliminated, even if there are five-six votes and candidatures, then this [election of a new Ombudsman] will be possible. But this legal conflict does not allow us to move forward," the MP said.