Upcoming elections will be highly competitive, fully compliant with European standards - Poroshenko
The upcoming elections in Ukraine will be highly competitive and will be held in accordance with international standards, which is why additional responsibility is imposed on the members of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
"I am convinced that future elections will be very highly competitive, which we, in fact, strived to achieve - honesty, transparency, equality of opportunities regarding participation in electoral processes, full compliance with international and European standards impose additional responsibility on members of the Central Election Commission," Poroshenko said at a meeting with the newly elected CEC members in Kyiv on Monday.
He recalled that these would be the first elections to be held after the signing and ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, which contains the clauses guaranteeing European principles for the protection of citizens' will.
"These are the first elections that are held in the context of the introduction of standards of the European Union and NATO, including changes to the Constitution [of Ukraine]," Poroshenko said.
On September 20, 2018, the Verkhovna Rada appointed 14 new members of the Central Election Commission (CEC). The new CEC members are Alla Basalayeva (Vidrodzhennia group); Natalia Bernatska, First Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine (People's Front); Mykhailo Verbensky, Director of the Department for Analytical Work of the Interior Ministry (Bloc of Petro Poroshenko); Andriy Yevstigneyev (Batkivschyna); Iryna Yefremova (People's Front faction); Olha Zheltova, deputy head of the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Policy and Justice (BPP); Oleh Konopolsky (BPP); Svitlana Kustova (BPP); Olha Lotiuk (BPP); Vitaliy Plukar (BPP); Yevhen Radchenko (Samopomich); Tetiana Slipachuk (People's Will); Leontiy Shypylov (People's Front); and Tetiana Yuzkova (Radical Party).
On October 4, all new CEC members took the oath in the Verkhovna Rada.
The presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine are to be held in 2019.