23 March 2017Олена ЧудіновичЛуцьке ОСББ – рекордсмен енергозбереженняЛучани продовжують дивувати реальними результатами втілення заходів з енергозбереження. На черзі досить молоде, проте успішне об’єднання співвласників багатоквартирного будинку – ОСББ «Центральна вежа».
Political rights of internally displaced persons, who comprise around 4% of Ukrainian electorate, are restricted, and they can't cast their votes both in local elections and in single-member districts in parliamentary elections. Such situation is against the non-discrimination principle, which guarantees equal rights, freedoms and opportunities, and hinders integration of IDPs into their new communities.
Civil Network OPORA together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Police discussed improvement of law regulations ensuring adequate prosecution and accountability for electoral violations on the conference titled “Improving the legislative framework ensuring liability for electoral violations and the certainty of punishment”, which was held on Friday, 3 March.
Civil Network OPORA has prepared infographics to illustrate the liability for electoral crimes in 2015 local elections. It contains visualization of sentences imposed by courts, sort them per articles of Criminal Code and type of punishment, and make a portrait of an average offender.
Findings and recommendations are based on the results of expert poll, participated by the Civil Network OPORA's long-term observers, who monitored all stages of the election process in 11 and 18 December 2016 first local elections in united territorial communities. We conducted the poll to learn and systematize observers' opinions on the quality of precinct election commission members' work. 50 OPORA's long-term observers have participated.
The main reason why members of precinct election commissions made mistakes, abused their authority or violated the law was negligent attitude to their duties, and either poor knowledge or incapability to apply it in practice.
Each population group, which is changing the place of residence, like internally displaced persons, labor migrants, or individuals who have left their registration places, must have an opportunity to change the voting location. Therefore, NGO representatives and MPs are developing a legislative initiative called to secure realization of voting right by each citizen regardless of the residence. This issue was discussed on Thursday, 16 February, on a working meeting of NGO representatives, the CEC and the Parliament.
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has made a statement concerning inadmissibility of ignoring the illegitimate voting on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol in the final report of the OSCE/ODIHR on Election Observation Mission in the Russian Federation State Duma elections.
Judging by two-year law-making efficiency and legislative capacity indices, the Verkhovna Rada of 8th convocation looks somewhat better than the 7th convocation Rada, but is inferior to the parliaments of earlier convocations.
The voting process in the first local elections, held on December 18, was accompanied by the same typical abusive practices as during previous elections, namely violation of voting procedure, obstruction of observers’ activity, falsification of election documents and presence of unauthorized persons at the polling stations.
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