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The Central Election Commission has changed the list of regular overseas polling stations, created in April 2012. Thus, it has dissolved 5 polling stations in Russian Federation and made redistricting in Georgia Kazakhstan and Finland.

 

In December 2018, observers of the Civil Network OPORA have recorded the increased intensity and scale of the early campaigning coming from prospective candidates for the President of Ukraine who were included into opinion polls or independently declared their intention to run for the coming election.

 

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine allocated 3 billion UAH for the development of territories this year. However, they were allocated without proper planning, justified priorities and precise assessment criteria for the projects, but are definitely in line with campaigning purposes. Thus, in October 2018, civic observers have detected 748 incidents when infrastructural projects and social and economic events seemed to be used for early indirect campaigning purposes in support of MPs of Ukraine and political parties. This information was reported by representatives of Civil Network OPORA on its 5 December press-conference in Kyiv.

 

In November, OPORA continued the monitoring of the pre-election situation in the regions of Ukraine, and analyzed the course and content of the early campaigning of prospective candidates and the related political parties and organizations. Civil observation of OPORA is a kind of proactive activities of the network intended to produce the unbiased evaluation of the preparation process and the conduct of election.  The goal of the observation is identification of key challenges in the electoral process, developing the evidence, and preventing fraud through comprehensive public control, both during the official course of election, and also during the period between the election.

 

The topics of public discussion “How to guarantee a stable election process and voting rights in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts”, held on 30 November in Kyiv, were the following: determination of clear criteria for impossibility of holding an election, the lack of information campaign concerning a change of voting location without changing of an election address, and the need to harmonize electoral legislation.

 

The budget administrative resource, which consists in using budget funds and means in favor of individual parties and candidates, is one of the most dangerous breaches of the electoral process standards. After all, the abuse of such a kind of administrative resource often occurs without any breach of the formal requirements of the law, but it has devastating consequences for the competitiveness of the election. 

 

The Central Election Commission recommended territorial election commissions, which administer local elections in Vinnytsia, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson and Chernihiv oblasts to guarantee a mandatory requirement of the Law of Ukraine on Legal Regime under Martial Law and stop organization and conduct of the first, additional and by-elections.

 

The Central Election Commission drew attention of electoral subjects in 10 oblasts, where the President imposed martial law, that the election process is prohibited according to the Law on Legal Regime under Martial Law.

 

In November, potential candidates for the President of Ukraine have been active in their public activities accompanied by various forms of campaigning in 18 of 25 regions of Ukraine. This information was shared on 29 November press-conference by Head of the Board of Civil Network OPORA Olha Aivazovska and OPORA's analysts Oleksandr Kliuzhev and Oleksandr Neberykut.

 

Despite there is too little time to complete a comprehensive electoral reform and change the rules of play before a number of election campaigns, experts forecast the victory to pro-European political parties in Ukraine. This was discussed on a yearly conference “Kyiv Dialog” in Berlin on October 16.

 

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