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Main elections' threats to emerge inside Ukraine, - CEC Head

Mykhaylo Okhendovsky, the Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine, predicts that the main threats, including cyber threats, to the Ukrainian elections, will take place not in Russia and the U.S., but in Ukraine
20:40, 11 June 2018

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Mykhaylo Okhendovsky, the Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine, predicts that the main threats including cyber threats for Ukrainian elections will occur not in Russia and the U.S., but in Ukraine, as the press office of the media interaction department of the Central Election Commission reported.

Delivering a speech at the experts’ roundtable “Cyber threats to the election process in Ukraine”, Okhendovsky noted that the most serious cyber threats are expected not from Russia’s or USA’s sides. He thinks that the threats should be expected in Ukraine itself.

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“Unfortunately, nobody but Ukrainian politicians can discredit the Ukrainian elections and undermine the public’s credibility of the results,” the Head of the Central Election Commission said.

According to him, the situation with the cyber threats during the next elections will be similar to using the “administrative resource”.

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“One can expect that some future headquarters will be trying to access the transfer channels and the information used by the election organizers. Perhaps, none of the headquarters will avoid an opportunity to distort the information spreading fake news and disinformation about other candidates. While the Central Election Commission has no direct influence on the latter, our first priority is to exclude the first,” Okhendovsky stressed.

It should be noted that another presidential and parliamentary elections take place in 2019.

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Earlier, the representatives of the Central Election Commission informed that the cyber security of the election in Ukraine in 2019 will have two elements. $1,4 million is required to implement the cyber security.

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