Experts of the Ukrainian Committee of Voters analyzed a number of public speeches made by representatives of the presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky’s team.
They checked the accuracy of the speeches of Dmytro Razumkov and Ruslan Stefanchuk (headquarters’ representatives) as well as the adviser of Zelensky on legal issues Iryna Venediktova, and also considered the election program of the candidate. Of the nine assertions analyzed, three were true, six were not true or manipulative.
What is written in the first paragraph in your "Minsk" (agreements. – Ed)? What is the first point, maybe a ceasefire? Dmytro Razumkov, Volodymyr Zelensky’s Headquarters Speaker, March 29, 2019, Zik TV channel, the People Against show.
True. In the Minsk Protocol and the Complex of measures for its implementation, the first points say on a ceasefire in certain regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.
This can be either one format (debates in the Suspilne Channel studio), or another (on the NSC Olimpiiskyi stadium, - ed.). First, there is no venue. Our colleagues often say "this should be in the studio." This is not the law. In the law we read about who should be the organizer of this event and who pays. Colleagues refer to the CEC resolution, but the CEC resolution is still slightly lower than the law. Dmytro Razumkov, Volodymyr Zelensky’s Headquarters Speaker, April 5, 2019, radio "NV".
Manipulation. The obligatory TV debate before the second round of elections is provided by the law “On the election of the president of Ukraine”. The law does not really establish the venue for television debates; however the venue was established by CEC Resolution No. 472 of May 5, 2014. According to the decree, candidates who participate in TV debates, no later than 30 minutes before the start of the broadcast, arrive at the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine at 42 Melnikova Street, Kyiv.
When you start to go through falsifications and a lot of other things, on which the law enforcement bodies are talking about today, this can plunge the country into chaos. Dmytro Razumkov, Volodymyr Zelensky’s Headquarters Speaker, March 29, 2019, Zik TV channel, the People Against show.
Manipulation. International observers said that elections in Ukraine were free and competitive, the rights to freedom of choice were respected. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov reported that there were minor violations, but the elections were "calm, well and in order."
Under the current system of government, there is actually no procedure when, by appointing a president or a people's deputy, I can oblige him to resign. Ruslan Stefanchuk, member of the headquarters of Volodymyr Zelensky, April 5, Radio Liberty, Your Freedom show.
True. Ukraine has not adopted a law on impeachment.
My goal is full openness of the authorities’ actions. (The election program of Volodymyr Zelensky)
Manipulation. On the eve of the second round of elections, the "Chesno" public movement called upon Zelensky to publish the income declaration for 2018. This was supposed to be a step that would promote transparency in electoral finance. However, the press service of the candidate said that he would not publish the 2018 declaration to the request of public. The press service noted that the declaration of Volodymyr Zelensky for 2018 will be filed within the deadlines established by the current legislation, and made public in accordance with the current legislation.
When we faced the question of finding a person who could be considered for a military position, Volodymyr met with Mr. Kyivonis, and agreements were reached. Two days later, this man supported Petro Poroshenko. Ruslan Stefanchuk, member of Zelensky’s headquarters, April 2, 2019, Hromadske Channel.
True. On March 6, presidential candidate Serhiy Kryvonis withdrew his candidacy from the elections and supported Petro Poroshenko.
During his professional activity, which lasted 3 months, he (Zelensky, - ed.) managed to hold meetings with experts, with journalists, showed himself in the headquarters, in the blog, and on TV - Gordon had an interview with him, and he was interviewed with family on ICTV. Therefore, saying that a person who entered the political field within 3 months did not show himself, is a harsh statement. Iryna Venediktova, legal adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky, April 4, 2019, UA: First Channel, Topics of the Day show.
Exaggeration. Volodymyr Zelensky declared himself as a politician and presidential candidate on the night of December 31 to January 1. Interview with Dmytro Gordon was published on December 25th.
In 2014, there was no debate. We took it calmly. Iryna Venediktova, legal adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky, April 4, 2019, UA: First Channel, Topics of the Day show.
Not true. In 2014, the presidential elections in Ukraine took place in one round. Mandatory televised debates are provided by the law “On the election of the President of Ukraine” only if a second round of elections is scheduled.
We didn’t see such an effect from other politicians as from the political activity of Zelensky. We saw that the youth came to the polls. When did you saw it earlier? Iryna Venediktova, legal adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky, April 4, 2019, UA: First Channel, Topics of the Day show.
Not true. According to the deputy director of the Razumkov Center Mykhailo Mishchenko, the level of activity of young people in these elections was lower than in the presidential elections of 2014, when 46% of people aged 18 to 29 came to the polls, and in 2004, when 71% of youth vote. At the current elections, this figure was 40%.
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