Presidential Debate on April 14 Walkthrough
The National Police of Ukraine are preparing to provide security during the event
The campaign headquarters of Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed holding a televised debate with incumbent President Petro Poroshenko via a live link-up.
“We are meeting them halfway. If everyone really wants us to debate, so that nobody has the impression that we are avoiding such a debate, we propose holding a live link-up. If Petro Poroshenko is in the studio on public television and we are at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium, we can combine the broadcasts and debate with each other live on air,” the head of Zelensky’s campaign team, Ivan Bakanov, said at a briefing on Thursday, according to the Priamy television channel.
Zelensky said on April 3 that a presidential debate with Poroshenko should take place at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Poroshenko agreed to hold the debate at the stadium but said that according to the law on presidential elections, the debate should take place in the studio of a public television channel (UA:PBC) and broadcast on all TV channels.
Poroshenko plans to come to the debate with Zelensky at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium at 2:14 p.m. on Sunday. He is also ready to come to the stadium on April 19, except for the time when there will be the debate on UA:PBC, he said.
Article 62 of the law on presidential elections says that a televised debate is held on the last Friday before the day of repeat voting between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. live on air and lasting at least 60 minutes.