President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting on the situation with the counting of votes after the elections of October 26.
The meeting was attended by Chairman of Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Chairman of the Central Election Commission Mykhailo Okhendovskyi, Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema, Minister of the Interior Arsen Avakov and Head of the Security Service Valentyn Nalyvaichenko.
The President informed that he had held consultations with the Chairman of Verkhovna Rada and the Prime Minister on the electoral process the day before.
The Head of State noted that the delay in the counting of votes negatively affects the preliminary evaluation of the elections as one of the most transparent and fair. The President emphasized: "Almost 10 days have passed since the elections, but 15 polling stations in the 59th constituency delay the completion of electronic counting. It is inadmissible".
Chairman of the Central Election Commission Mykhailo Okhendovskyi informed that the counting of votes in the 59th constituency was still blocked. "We are facing problems with the counting of votes and establishing the results of the elections in some constituencies. The CEC cannot resolve these problems without the law enforcement bodies," he said. According to him, the commission still has to receive protocols of 19 polling station commissions in order to establish the results in the multi-mandate constituency. He expressed hope that due to the efforts of the Security Service and the Ministry of the Interior, the commission would soon be able to work without external pressure and receive all protocols.
In his turn, Minister of the Interior Arsen Avakov noted that the law enforcers had enhanced the protection of the commission's work. He informs that both former and acting commission members are awaiting the court's decision in the building of the commission. "We have made a decision without the court's verdict, for the CEC has explained that the acting commission is authorized," the Minister said. According to him, Chief of Public Security Volodymyr Gryniak is now guiding the process there. The Minister informed that the commission would be able to resume its work by the evening.