The National Anti corruption Bureau published the official election results to the Council of Public Control on its website.
According to the results of the election, the following fifteen candidates were selected as members of the Anticorruption Bureau’s Council of Public Control:
Bihus Denys Stanislavovych: 8683 Votes
Shabunin Vitaliy Viktorovych: 8376 Votes
Kycil’ Alisa Oleksandrivna: 6362 Votes
Ustinova Oleksandra Yuriyivna: 6324 Votes
Chaplyns’kyi Dmytro Oleksandrovych: 6273 Votes
Kalenyuk Dar’ya Mykolayivna: 6226 Votes
Hrytsenko Oleksiy Anatoliyovych: 5284 Votes
Sherembey Dmytro Olehovych: 5140 Votes
Khmara Oleksyi Serhiyovych: 5005 Votes
Marusov Andriy Yuriyovych: 4830 Votes
Humenyuk Oleksandr Volodymyrovych: 4540 Votes
Opanasenko Maksym Volodymyrovych: 4196 Votes
Yurchyshyn Yaroslav Romanovych: 3911 Votes
Maselko Roman Anatoliyovych: 3821 Votes
Hula Serhiy Yevhenovych: 3592 Votes
Most of those elected are investigative journalists and representatives of anticorruption organizations. The total turnout amounted to 16,685 votes cast.
Three representatives from the Anti-corruption Action Center were elected to the Council, namely Vitaliy Shabunin, the Head of the Board of the Anti-corruption Center; Daryna Kalenyuk, the Executive Director of the Anti-corruption Center; and Oleksandra Ustinova, a Board Member of the Anti-corruption Action Center.
In the first Council session, Vitaliy Shabunin was elected leader of the Council, Oleksandra Ustinova was elected Secretary of the Commission, and Daryna Kalenyuk joined the delegates of the Council representatives to the commission, which ultimately takes party in the selection of the leaders of the offices of the Anticorruption Bureau and its investigators.
It should be noted that after the completion of the voting, the server with the voting information was gathered and stored by the National Anticorruption Bureau and the Government Office of Communication and Information Protection.
A copy of the voting information is public, however, and can be found online.
“We can say that the electoral competition for the Council of Public Control of the country’s key anticorruption organ was conducted honestly and transparently,” claims Vitaliy Shabunin, Head of the Board of the Anti-corruption Action Center. “We will do our best to make the Council of Public Control an efficient organ that helps to build an effective-working Bureau as well as a powerful organ of public control over its activities.”
It should be noted that this was the second vote for the Council of Public Control. The prior vote, which was conducted on the 26th of June, was recognized as invalid, as the general public provided video evidence illustrating that the voting results could be tainted, as a flaw in the system allowed for individuals to vote an unlimited amount of times from their own computers. After these findings, the general public proposed that a new voting system should be implemented and tested by government officials and the general public, to ensure no voting flaws. For this second round of voting, no vulnerabilities were found during the testing.
All the candidates, who had been selected in the open online vote to be members of the Council of Public Control in the first round of voting, publicly stated that they would withdraw their candidacies at the moment of victory as the results of the election could have been tainted by the voting system’s flaws.
One of the main functions of the Council of Public Control is its participation with the Disciplinary Commission of the National Anticorruption Bureau, which is tasked with dismissing corrupt employees at the Bureau. Also, the Council of Public Control is involved with the competitive commission which selects the staff for the Bureau. Additionally, the Council of Public Control provides an evaluation of the Anticorruption Bureau’s performance twice a year to the Verkhovna Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers, and the president.