The National Exit Poll 2010 Oversight Council
The National Exit Poll 2010 Oversight Council has been formed. The council’s task is to thoroughly observe the process of fundraising to finance the exit poll, how the exit poll will be conducted and how the money will be spent. Authoritative and unengaged representatives of the mass media, non-government organizations and foreign observers sit on the council.
The organizers of the exit poll approved the Provisions of the National Exit Poll 2010 Oversight Council, which stipulates the general provisions, functions and organization of its work, rights and obligations of the council’s members.
The provisions have been approved by virtue of the decisions of the Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF), the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) and the Razumkov Centre for Economic and Political Studies
of the National Exit Poll 2010 Oversight Council
The National Exit Poll 2010 (further Exit Poll) will be conducted on the days of the Presidential Elections on January 17 and February 7, 2010.
1. The Oversight Council is a body that executes independent public oversight of the organization, conducting and financing of the Exit Poll. The Oversight Council guarantees targeted spending of funds raised for conducting the Exit Poll. The Oversight Council has consulting and advisory functions.
2. The Oversight Council is being formed by the organizers of the Exit Poll of individuals that profess democratic values, have an impeccable reputation and are authorities in society.
3. Candidates for members of the Oversight Council are approved for the period of the project’s activity. The authority of the members of the Oversight Council end on the day of the inauguration of the President of Ukraine.
4. The Oversight Council is governed by effective legislation and these Provisions in executing its activities.
5. Members of the Oversight Council perform their duties on a public basis and do not receive royalties for exercising their authorities.
1. The functions of the Oversight Council are as follows:
- popularizing the conducting of the Exit Poll and boosting trust in its results;
- consulting organizers of the Exit Poll on issues of attracting resources for conducting the poll;
- review and approval of the report on spending of funds raised for conducting the poll;
- participating in public events, including press conferences on execution of the Exit Poll, particularly on the day of the elections;
2. Based on the submission of the organizers the Oversight Council review, approves and publicizes the report on the procedure for spending of funds raised for conducting the Exit Poll;
3. Meetings of the Oversight Council are held when necessary, but at least three times: up to January 17, between January 17 and February 7 and after February 7.
4. At its first meeting the Oversight Council elects its chair by a majority of votes. The chair of the Oversight Council organizes its meetings, chairs them and signs the minutes and approved decisions.
5. The meetings of the Oversight Council are authoritative if the majority of its members participate in its work.
6. The decisions can bee adopted by way of electronic polling. All decisions of the Oversight Council are approved by a simple majority of votes of the general constituent of the Oversight Council.
1. Members of the Oversight Council have the right:
- participate in meetings of the Oversight Council;
- elect the Chair of the Oversight Council and be elected the Chair;
- represent the Oversight Council upon its instruction;
- receive information about the organization and conducting of the Exit Poll, in particular detailed information about the receipt of funds for conducting the Exit Poll and how they are spent;
- refuse to participate on the Oversight Council by submitting the corresponding statement.
2. Members of the Oversight Council have the following obligations:
- be governed by these Provisions and the legislation of Ukraine, in particular concerning non-disclosure of the results of the Exit Poll before the closing of the voting stations should the members get a hold of such information;
- actively participate in the work of the Oversight Council;
- apply one’s professional experience, knowledge and authority to develop and popularize the Exit Poll.
Members of the Oversight Council
1. Taras Shevchenko, Director of the Media Rights Institute, Chairman of the Oversight Council
2. Yevhen Bystrytskiy, Executive Director of the Renaissance Foundation
3. Serhiy Danylenko, Editor-in-chief, Highway journal
4. Diana Dutsyk, Editor-in-chief, Glavred journal
5. Kostyantyn Kvurt, Chairman of the Board, Internews-Ukraina
6. Vakhtang Kipiani, journalist
7. Andriy Kulikov, host of the Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech) program (ICTV)
8. Svitlana Kuts, Chairman of the Board, Institute of Professional Fundraising
9. Natalia Ligachova, Editor-in-chief, Telekritika project
10. Viktor Lysytskiy, member of the Council of Entrepreneurs in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
11. Ulyana Lozan, General Director of InterMediaConsulting
12. Dmytro Lyapin, Director of the Institute of Property and Freedom
13. Yuriy Makarov, journalist
14. Ivan Malkovich, poet and publisher
15. Lyubomyr Markevych (Canada), consultant
16. Serhiy Rakhmanin, journalist
17. Oleh Rybachuk, Director of the UA Center
18. Roman Skrypin, Chair of the Independent Media Union
19. Oleksandr Suhonyako, Chair of the Ukrainian Banking Association