OPORA's long-term observers are providing an independent non-partisan observation of the first local elections in united territorial communities on 24 December 2017, except for electoral processes in Kyiv and Khmelnytsk oblasts. OPORA observed key stages of the election process, including the election day on 24 December 2017. OPORA didn't deploy a network of short-term observers at election precincts, providing a narrow observation.


Observers of Civil Network OPORA haven't noticed any violations during the 24 December election day in united territorial communities, which could have affected the voting process or the election results with the scale or consequences. Most of the detected issues and incidents were caused by unprofessionalism or low competence of PEC members.


On Sunday, December 24, local councilors and city heads are elected in 51 united territorial communities in Ukraine today.


G7 ambassadors made a joint statement in support of electoral reform in Ukraine, which is a key guarantee for realization of Ukraine's potential, and called for a renewal of the Central Election Commission's membership in 2017 by filling 13 expired seats.


On Tuesday, 21 November, Verkhovna Rada registered 178 amendments to the draft Election Code #3112-1, jointly developed by MPs, experts of Civil Network OPORA and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). These amendments and propositions suggest a number of guarantees for transparency of election process and prevention of misuses.


Only the parliamentary faction of the AUU “Batkivshchyna” submitted to the Presidential Administration of Ukraine a proposal on the appointment of a Central Election Commission after registration in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the Head of State on the appointment of members of the CEC June 3, 2016. This is mentioned in the response to the request of OPORA’s Electoral and Parliamentary Program Coordinator Olha Aivazovska.


Civil Network OPORA calls on the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the VRU Committee on Judicial Policy and Justice to guarantee the preparation of draft Election Code (#3112-1) on the basis of openness and transparency standards, in line with the regulations, and with consideration of expert suggestions from non-governmental organizations.


OPORA's observers will provide an independent non-partisan observation of the first local elections in united territorial communities. The organization has deployed 69 long-term observers to the territorial communities, and short-term observers joined them right before the voting begins. The first local elections in 202 united territorial communities were held on 29 October 2017. The election process has officially started on 9 September in all Ukrainian oblasts without exception. Dnipropetrovsk and Volyn oblasts have the largest number of united communities participating in the election – 19 communities each. Zakarpattia and Mykolaiv oblasts, on the contrary, have only one community each.


Перед ранковим засіданням двоє невідомих здійснили напад на кандидатку у депутати до  Миколаївської селищної ради, а також у Зайцівській об’єднаній територіальній громаді невідомі зі зброєю напали на виборчу дільницю у селі Майське. Про це повідомив координатор громадського спостереження за виборами у Дніпропетровській області Вадим Головченко під час прес-конференції Громадянської мережі ОПОРА щодо результатів спостереження на перших місцевих виборах у об’єднаних територіальних громадах Дніпропетровської області.


On 29 October 2017, the first elections in 201 united territorial communities will take place. The election process started on 9 September covering territorial communities in all oblasts of Ukraine. The largest number of united territorial community elections will take place in Dnipropetrovska (19) and Volynska (19) oblasts, while in both Zakarpatska and Mykolaivska oblasts, elections will take place in only one community.

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