Imagine the elections with over 90% turnout. And everyone is humble, fearing the punishment. And everyone votes for the same candidate or party. It's not a dystopian fiction. It's how the voting process happens in Ukrainian prisons. 

OPORA welcomes the President's submission of new CEC candidates and insists on formation of a politically balanced election commission. The presence of a candidate from the AUU Batkivshchyna in the submission demonstrates the readiness of political subjects for a wide compromise in the appointment of CEC members.


MPs of Ukraine have considered the first 100 amendments to 12 articles of the Election Code of Ukraine #3112-1. The discussion was conducted on 21 February meeting of the Subcommittee on Elections and Referendums of the VRU Committee on the Judicial Policy and Justice. The information was reported by representatives of Civil Network OPORA.


On February 22, the Governmental Committee chaired by the First Vice Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv has supported overall the propositions from the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the National Police and Civil Network OPORA concerning the Draft Law of Ukraine on Making Amendments to Some Legislative Acts Aimed to Strengthen Liability for Violation of Electoral Legislation.


On 5 February, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has published an updated list of candidates for members of the CEC. Although the number of candidates is the same – 14 persons for 13 vacant seats – some names have changed.


Most of the candidates for members of the Central Election Commission support the guaranteeing of electoral rights for all citizens including internally displaced persons. They have announced such position on a public discussion “New Quality of the CEC”, organized by the Civil Network OPORA.


The Central Election Commission has scheduled the first local elections in 40 united territorial communities in 17 oblasts of Ukraine for 29 April 2018. The corresponding decision was taken on February 16 meeting.


Candidates for members of the Central Election Commission want to change the ideology of the CEC, increase its openness and transparency, and improve electoral legislation. These motives for employment in the Central Election Commission were presented by candidates from parliamentary factions and groups of MPs during the public discussion “New Quality of the CEC”, held by the Civil Network OPORA on February 7.


Civil Network OPORA has analyzed an undated list of candidates for members of the CEC. We have also investigated why there are 14 candidates for 13 vacant positions.


On 23 January 2018, the President of Ukraine has announced on the meeting with VRU Chairman Andrii Parubii that he has signed the submission on appointment of Central Election Commission members. The President has also signed a resignation letter for CEC members, whose term of office has expired. According to the Press-service of the President of Ukraine, the submission contains 14 persons, while only 13 CEC members should be substituted. Members of the CEC Oleh Dydenko and Kateryna Makhnytska were appointed in April 2014, and their seven-year term hasn't expired yet. The President's submission concerning withdrawal and appointment of the CEC members is a step towards renewal of the higher-level election commission. However, political subjects should make an extra effort to create a politically balanced membership.

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