Deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Olexander Chaly on Monday met with the Venice Commission secretary and head of the Council of Europe Pre-election Evaluation Mission, Gianni Buquicchio. They discussed the secretary’s visit to Ukraine, President’s press office reports.

Buquicchio later told reporters at a joint press conference he had met with the leadership of Ukraine’s Supreme Court, Supreme Administrative Court and Constitutional Court as well as the leaders of the Government, the Central Election Commission and the Presidential Secretariat. He said his talks with them had focused on how the Council of Europe could help these institutions hold early parliamentary elections on September 30.

“The Council of Europe considers the September 30 election to be very important and it must be held with no violations,” he said.

When asked if he had discussed why this election should be conducted, Buquicchio said: “We are not interested in what led to such a decision. We are only interested in holding this election as better as possible.”

Chaly added: “The Council of Europe and the Venice Commission are ready to help us hold the poll in a democratic manner and, what is really important to us, they believe that the political deal by the President, the Prime Minister and the parliament speaker makes each of them act conscientiously to make sure the election is held.”

Buquicchio insisted Ukraine needs a new Constitution to never again have political crises, urging the country’s political leaders to start drafting the document immediately after the election. “The analysis of constitutional amendments is even more important than the election. It is necessary to remove the reasons that triggered the [first] crisis and avoid situations leading to new crises. I hope the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s political forces will want to take this step and change their Constitution.”


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