Poroshenko disbands Ukraine's Central Election Commission pending its revamp
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has dismissed members of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine due to the end of their tenure, according to the presidential press service.
The president also signed a motion for the appointment of new CEC members, the presidential press service said on Tuesday, January 23.
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In his words, the formation of the CEC's new composition has been discussed for long, and the parliamentary factions started to discuss it long ago, however, the nomination process has stalled.
"Today, I am glad that all the factions have finally nominated candidates that meet all the criteria. I have included them in the motion," Poroshenko said. He recalled that the main criterion was a new composition of the CEC.
He also informed he had discussed the given issue with NGOs, which also welcome the revamp of the CEC.
"I am sure that we bear common responsibility for the proper holding of both presidential and parliamentary elections. I hope that after the necessary procedures and special verifications, the parliament will be able to table the given issue for vote as soon as possible and help form the new composition of the CEC," he said.
The seven-year tenure of 13 out of the CEC 15 members has expired.
The next presidential election in Ukraine is scheduled for March 31, 2019; a new 450-seat parliament is to be elected on November 17, 2019, the latest.