11:11 05.07.2019

Risks of disrupting Rada elections due to court decision are serious – Ukrainian Voters Committee

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KYIV. July 5 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The decision of the Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal to hold the re-drawing of parties by the Central Election Commission at the extraordinary elections to the Verkhovna Rada jeopardizes the holding of elections, said Oleksiy Koshel, the director general of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine.

"If there is a negative conclusion of the Supreme Court, we have quite serious problems, including the threat of disrupting the electoral process. I do not exaggerate - the risks are quite serious," Koshel said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine in Kyiv on Friday.

He recalled that more than 5 million bulletins had already been printed and there were problems with the reserve of paper at the printing plant Ukraina, where they are printed.

"There are big doubts that in 16 days [left before election day] one can print such a number of ballots. Additional means are needed for this that are not provided for by the current legislation," Koshel noted.

On Thursday, it became known that the Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal made a decision to hold a repeated drawing. This was reported by the civil network OPORA on its Facebook page, with reference to Tetiana Slipachuk, the chairperson of the Central Election Commission, who also said that the CEC would appeal the court's decision.

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