The Ukrainian government ignores the principle of proportional representation of all political forces of the parliament in the Central Election Commission. Yuliya Lovochkina, MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC, First Deputy Chairman of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, informed the Head of the PACE Monitoring Committee, Roger Gale, the co-rapporteur of the Monitoring Committee on the Functioning of Democratic Institutions in Ukraine, on the functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine Dzhema Grozdanova, as well as a candidate for the post of new co-rapporteur on Ukraine Alfred Heer, whom the Committee will approve this Thursday.
Yuliya Lovochkina informed the representatives of the Monitoring Committee that the OPPOSITION BLOC, on the basis of the democratic principle of quota representation, insists on its right to be represented in the CEC by two members, but the government rejects this requirement.
“Ukraine is in the election cycle. Elections of the President and the Parliament in 2019 are of fundamental importance for the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbas, and for the further political and socio-economic development of the Ukrainian state. That is why ensuring democracy, openness and competitiveness of the electoral process is key. In this regard, the events unfolding around the formation of a new personal composition of the election commission, are of deep concern,” Yuliya Lyovochkina said.
“Despite protests by the opposition, the parliamentary majority, contrary to the norms of the Regulations and traditions of Ukrainian parliamentarism, decided to increase the composition of the CEC from 15 to 17 people. This was done for one purpose – to provide a majority in the CEC for candidates from the authorities. In addition, when forming the composition of the election commission, the rights of the OPPOSITION BLOC were actually ignored – the third largest faction of parliament and the only real opposition. Instead of appointing two of our representatives, the authorities propose to the OPPOSITION BLOC to fill one remaining vacancy,” she added.
The First Deputy Chairman of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine to the PACE believes that political manipulations with the composition of the CEC leave doubts about the ability of this composition to ensure the holding of fair and democratic elections in the country.
“This situation creates extraordinary political challenges both for Ukraine and for the entire European democratic community as a whole. Therefore, it was extremely important to draw the attention of the Head of the Monitoring Committee and rapporteurs in Ukraine to the current situation and the risks that the government’s behavior created,” Yulia Lyovochkina summarized