The work on update of the main electoral law has been ongoing even during the quarantine. OPORA believes that Ukrainian Parliament should pass final decisions on amendments to the Election Code by the end of May-beginning of June, and secure good preparation of state bodies, political parties and potential candidates to local elections.

There is less and less time left until the next local elections in October 2020. That is why Civil Network OPORA is organizing an online public discussion as an election marathon "Local Elections: Risk Assessment and List of Solutions". During the discussion, we will discuss with political actors, election administrators and regional representatives how well the state is ready to local elections. This discussion will be a platform for a comprehensive dialogue on innovations and concerns that still remain topical for the national expert environment and the regions.

The election marathon will start on Friday, May 22, at 12:00 PM. It will consist of 4 thematic blocks for discussion:

  1. How to improve the legal framework before elections and guarantee adherence to international standards of a free and fair competition?
  2. Organizational and administrative challenges of holding elections during the pandemic, economic and financial crisis and lack of budget funds. What to save on, and what to invest in? How to ensure electoral safety, both physical and cyber?
  3. Decentralization reform and territorial-administrative system, or how to manage to do everything?
  4. Party system and proportional systems, how ready is local self-government for a strong party influence?

Representatives of central government bodies, which have a direct impact on organization of the election process, and representatives from different oblasts, which implement everything on sites, will participate in the discussion. We have also invited members of the Central Election Commission, MPs of Ukraine, members of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting, representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers and the National Security and Defense Council, representatives of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, reputable heads of election commissions from different oblasts and civic experts.

Detailed program and the list of participants for each panel discussion will soon appear on OPORA's website: https://www.oporaua.org/

To get a link to the online event, complete our registration form at: https://forms.gle/DbGWFTE5ruiuwq478. The event will be held in Ukrainian. You are welcome to get an interpreter if you need one.

The event is organized with the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and with the support of the European Union, and may not reflect the position of USAID, the US Government or the EU.

Informational partners of the event: Hromadske.ua and Gazeta.ua.