New CEC elected its seniors behind the closed doors

Newly-appointed members of the Central Election Commission didn’t allow the journalists and representatives of Civil Network OPORA to attend its first meeting on 5 October. The election administration body elected its members for senior positions at the meeting.

Thus, representatives of OPORA and journalists were banned from entering the meeting hall, referring to the Commission’s decision.

“This issue was considered on a meeting, and the Head will inform you about the decision,” – stated member of the CEC Andrii Yevstihnieiev in a comment to journalists. Thus, Tetiana Slipachuk was elected as Head of the CEC, Oleh Konopolskyi and Yevhen Radchenko as Deputy Heads, and Nataliia Bernatska as the Secretary.

Seniors gave a briefing concerning the restrictions for journalists once the meeting was over:

“There was no information concerning the media or any applications or anyone waiting for a permit when we came here on the beginning of the meeting. Thus, we started the CEC’s meeting immediately to set it up as soon as possible and shift to the agenda in accordance with the rules of procedure. All these topics, according to the law and the rules of procedure, will be considered on meetings with participation of all representatives, both accredited and not,” – Ms. Slipachuk said.

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