On April 27, the Public Control Council (PCC) under the State Bureaus of Investigations (SBI) will cease to operate since the powers of the current PCC expire on April 26, but due to a lawsuit it is impossible to initiate selection to the new Council. This was stated by the SBI director Roman Truba at the expert discussion “Blocking the Selection of the SBI Public Control Council”, which was organized by the Reanimation Package of Reforms and StateWatch on April 25.
One of the PCC members filed a lawsuit on the invalidation of the resolution to elect the Council members through online voting. The court granted this claim, therefore, the election of new PCC members was blocked, stressed Roman Truba, adding that the SBI lawyers are preparing an appeal against this court ruling.
43 candidates for the new PCC have become hostages of circumstance despite the fact they have submitted all the necessary documents to participate in the competition, says the SBI director.
Currently, Kyiv District Administrative Court is considering four lawsuits against the SBI which were filed in the last few weeks.
“The reason behind this is the political processes in the country – some people are trying to influence the SBI,” said Truba, but did not specify who he meant.
Also, development of the Model Regulations on the Disciplinary Commission of the SBI is at the final stage now. 3 out of 5 members of the prospective Disciplinary Commission should be the PCC representatives, but current members of the Public Control Council will not be able to join this commission, summed up Roman Truba.
According to Oleksandr Liemienov, StateWatch founder, the chief expert of the RPR’s Anticorruption Reform Team, online voting is the most constructive and transparent way to elect PCC members.
“Online voting should be open so that everyone can see who voted for them,” Volodymyr Flonz, head of the Electronic Democracy NGO, which is the developer of this online voting procedure, supported Liemienov’s opinion.
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