Just to recap, the Head of the District Election Commission #223 located in the Shevchenkivsky District of Kyiv arranged the draw of candidacies to the membership of district commissions in such a way that neither the “UDAR” representatives nor other democratic candidates could monitor the draw process. The Head tried to hold a meeting with “right” people in attendance, with other members of the Commission not being involved. When Kostiantyn Shalota, “UDAR”’s representative, tried to document those violations, the Commission Head called the police who handcuffed and led him out of the meeting room so he could not keep the Head from violating justice.
“UDAR” filed a complaint against the Commission Head with the CEC. At the meeting held on September 26, the CEC studied the complaint and ruled the Head’s actions as unlawful.
“By stating the Head’s actions as unlawful, today the CEC has in fact confirmed that “UDAR” had solid reasons for a valid protest”, commented Valeriy Karpuntsov. He added the decision was upheld by 11 members of the CEC, with two members abstaining from voting while the other two took a stand against it.
“UDAR” will react to any violations of the election legislation in every possible way. We’ll closely monitor the election process, reveal violations and hold each election commission to enforce the law”, said Valeriy Karpuntsov. He also warned members of the election commission against unlawful actions by stressing that actions of the Head of the District Election Commission #223 “are subject to and governed by the Criminal Law”.