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EPDE Policy Alerts - Electoral Reform In Ukraine

The EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine monitors the progress of the electoral reform in Ukraine.

See here our latest issues:

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #1, 11.10.2017: Electoral reform is currently not on the agenda of the Ukrainian Parliament. However, with the next parliamentary elections scheduled for 2019, the Parliament should start to discuss the already existing draft laws on parliamentary elections and the Elections Code right now. Even though reform of the electoral law and introduction of a proportional electoral system with open party lists are part of a 2014 agreement of the ruling coalition, Ukrainian politicians and lawmakers have been drawing attention away from the reforms. Read more...

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #2, 25.10.2017: Three draft laws on the parliamentary elections, registered in the Parliament in December 2014, have finally been added to the agenda of the Parliament for the first reading on Thursday, October 19, 2017. However, all three initiatives on the reform of Ukraine’s electoral legal framework failed to receive necessary support in the Parliament. Read more...

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #3, 13.11.2017: On Tuesday, November 7, the Ukrainian Parliament approved in the first reading the draft Electoral Code, which advocates a proportional electoral system for parliamentary elections with open regional party lists. However, many “opportunities” for delaying the process remain. Read more...

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #4, 24.01.2018: On December 6, 2017, Member of Parliament Oleh Barna (Bloc Petro Poroshenko) registered Draft Law No. 7366, which advocates to replace the current mixed electoral system with a fully majoritarian system. Two days later, the draft law was withdrawn. However, on December 18, 2017, a slightly revised version of the draft was submitted to the Parliament. Read more...

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #5, 19.04.2018: On 13 April, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine submitted the Draft Law which aims to strengthen sanctions for election violations. According to the draft law, tougher sanctions for election violations include, among other measures, up to two years of imprisonment for illegal use of ballot papers and ballot-box-stuffing, as well as for violations of the secrecy of the vote. Read more...

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #6, 26.04.2018: This issue concerns the appointment process of new members of the Central Election Commission and the establishment of a working group to prepare for the second reading of the draft Electoral Code, which was confirmed on 4 April by the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Policy and Justice. Read more...

EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #7, 23.07.2018: On 5 July 2018, the Ukrainian Parliament failed to renew the Central Election Commission (CEC) - only 189 out of 226 required MPs supported the motion to hold a vote (1) on the dismissal of 13 acting members of the CEC whose terms expired already in June 2014 and February 2017, and (2) on the appointment of 13 new members. Read more...

Previously, EPDE also published a related Policy Paper:

EPDE Policy Paper - Challenges and Prospects of Electoral Reform in Ukraine, 25.07.2017: With the next parliamentary elections scheduled for 2019, international actors should take action and encourage the Ukrainian government to overcome the prevailing reform fatigue and push for the implementation of the following reform steps: a proportional electoral system with open regional electoral lists, the right to vote for IDPs, a proper legal framework for the prosecution of violations of the electoral law, and a new composition of the Central Election Commission. Read more...

 

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