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.


Political parties took a great interest in the first local elections held in 252 united territorial communities on October, 29 and December, 24, 2017. These elections also show that the government faces significant challenges on the way to establishing adequate electoral standards. On October, 29, 2017, mayors of UTCs and deputies to local councils were elected in 201 territorial communities, while on December, 24 – in 51 territorial communities.


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.

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