IFES Election Bulletin #101 (January 13 – 24, 2020)
Government Appoints Novikov as NAPC Chair. On January 15, the Cabinet of Ministers appointed Oleksandr Novikov as Chair of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC).
The new NAPC Chair has a legal education and over 10 years of experience with the Public Prosecutor. He supported government prosecution of both organized crime and economic crimes.
On November 9, 2019, competition for selecting the NAPC Chair was announced. On November 25, a Nominations Commission considered 30 candidates for the position and selected Novikov.
Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk thanked international partners for their support in advancing anti-corruption reform in Ukraine. “The best practices and expertise that you share are important to us,” he said.
IFES Training on Electronic and Internet Technologies in Elections for CEC and the State Register of Voters. On January 22, 2020, IFES organized and administered training titled, Electronic and Internet Technologies in the Electoral Process for 23 representatives of the Central Election Commission (CEC), the CEC’s Secretariat and the State Register of Voters. Participants strengthened their understanding of e-voting and Internet voting technologies and the conditions under which such balloting is possible. They also examined the experience of countries utilizing such technologies, challenges associated with training lower-level commissions in using electoral technology and the process of informing citizens of new voting procedures. The training was hosted by the IFES-CEC Training Center and facilitated by IFES cybersecurity expert Ronan McDermott.
Second Meeting of CEC-led Accessibility Working Group. On January 23, IFES participated in the second meeting of the working group, hosted by the IFES-CEC Training Center. The meeting assembled representatives of civil society, disabled persons organizations (DPOs) and the President’s Ombudsman on the rights of people with disabilities. The meeting was dedicated to discussing recommendations on improving the newly adopted election code to improve accessibility of the electoral process to people with disabilities. IFES was represented by IFES Gender and Inclusion Manager Oleksandra Palagnyuk.
The CEC working group was set up in December 2019 as a permanent consultative forum for the CEC, civil society, disabled persons organizations and other relevant stakeholders to discuss, review and provide input to laws and regulations, voter information, educational materials and other CEC initiatives to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. The next meeting of the working group will be held later this week.
Verkhovna Rada By-election in Single-mandate District Number 179. January 16 marked the official start of the election process for the parliamentary by-election in single-member constituency no. 179 (Kharkiv region). The election is scheduled for Sunday, March 15 and will be held under the 2011 Law “On Elections of People’s Deputies of Ukraine. Candidate nominations end on February 3.
Oleksii Kucher, the current MP in single-mandate constituency no. 179, was appointed Head of the Kharkiv Oblast State Administration by President Zelenskyi in November of 2019, following which the Verkhovna Rada terminated his mandate. Kucher, a member of the Servant of the People faction, won the mandate in the July 2019 early Rada elections.