259 of 382 heads of raion state administrations are unaffiliated. 123 heads are members of political parties. These are the results of a research made by Civil Network OPORA concerning party affiliation of heads at raion state administrations. However, we have managed to get official information about 382 persons, and the information about 62 heads is still unavailable.


The Central Election Commission is ready to realize draft law #6240 on Amendment of Some Laws of Ukraine (concerning the voting rights of internally displaced persons and other internal mobile groups of citizens) if the Verkhovna Rada adopts it. Such statement was made by Deputy Head of the CEC Yevhen Radchenko on 13 November press-conference.


Civil Network OPORA is not planning to conduct long-term and short-term observation of the first local elections, scheduled for 23 December, as well we of by-elections in united territorial communities, on sites. Nevertheless, local elections are important and will demonstrate the quality of election administration by the CEC.


On 6 November 2018, a decision of Kyiv District Administrative Court concerning an administrative claim from MP of Ukraine Artem Vitko against the Ministry of Regional Construction and 34 city councils was published on the Register of Court Decisions. Thus, the Court has decided on 2 November to satisfy the administrative claim from the MP, and terminated decisions of city councils concerning voluntary uniting until the end of controversy. This court measure directly concerns 34 UTCs, where the first local elections were appointed for 23 December and the election process has already started.


On November, 1, 2018, the Central Election Commission adopted a decision on excluding the two amalgamated hromadas from the Resolution No 156 “On the First Election of the Deputies of Village, Township, and City Councils of Amalgamated Hromadas and the Respective Village, Township, and City Heads on December, 23, 2018” and the two hromadas from the Resolution dated October, 12, 2018, No 157 “On Additional Election of the Deputies of Village and Township Councils on December, 23, 2018.”


Working group on consideration of the Election Code considered 180 amendments on its 8 October regular meeting. In particular, the Group supported amendments from Civil Network OPORA concerning the right of observers to attend party congresses dedicated to nomination of candidates for MPs.


On the eve of the official launch of the Presidential election campaign in Ukraine in December 2019, the Civil Network OPORA presents its preliminary analysis of Ukraine's compliance with the recommendations from national and international observation organizations, international non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, the diplomatic representatives of the partner countries of Ukraine on elections. With the approach of elections crucial for the democratic development of the country, it is important to conduct the audit of the status of meeting the observers' recommendations. Despite the politically motivated prolongation of the full-fledged election reform in Ukraine, the state still has a chance to improve law and practices before 2019 presidential elections.


Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv has started the training for 35 candidates for civic ombudsmen for protection of electoral rights on Friday, 17 August. It is conducted under the project “Electoral reform to strengthen the power of agents of change and support public dialog”, financed by European Union.


Human Rights Representative of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Liudmyla Denysova and Head of the Board of Civil Network OPORA Olha Aivazovska have signed an official Cooperation Memorandum on 31 July. The Memorandum is aimed at protection of electoral rights and freedoms of citizens.


Civil Network OPORA calls on the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, leaders of parliamentary factions and groups to consider the issue of dismissal and appointment of new members of the CEC on an urgent basis, that is, no later than during the next plenary session scheduled for the upcoming week.

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