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CEC to consider postponing debates on Suspilne TV

It is about changing the time of debates from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
20:49, 17 April 2019

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The Central Election Commission of Ukraine will review the propositions of the authorized representatives of presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky concerning amending the protocol on debates. Head of CEC Tetiana Spivachuk said this, as RBK-Ukraine reports.

The session will be held on April 18, at 12:00.

“I notify both authorized representatives of the presidential candidates that CEC will hold the session concerning this issue tomorrow at 12:00. It is about changing the time of debates from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. We are waiting for the documents from both candidates. We have already got the documents from the one candidate and are waiting from another one,” Spivachuck said.

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Thus, Ruslan Kniazevych, the authorized representatives of presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko, applied to the CEC asking to add amendments once to the CEC protocol № 472 as of May 5, 2014.  

The candidates made an agreement to conduct pre-election defense on the NSC Olympiskyi from 7:00 PM and approximately to 8:00 PM. I am asking to take into account the distance between the places (the NSC Olympiskyi and the Suspilne TV studio – red.). It will be the peak time on Friday after the working week. Obviously, it will not be enough time to get to the studio before the beginning of the broadcast for both candidates ... Please, postpone the beginning of the debate from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM and hold them for 60 minutes,” Kniazevych said.

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According to CEC, the authorized representative of Volodymyr Zelensky should send the written document with the proposition to postpone the debates.

Earlier, the teams of presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky signed the agreement with the NSC Olimpiysky stadium. The deal foresees that the presidential debates would take place on the arena on April 19.

Related: Debates at Olimpiyskiy: NSC not to sell tickets

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