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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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

Representatives of non-governmental organizations have discussed on 13 November meeting with Central Election Commission members the possibility of creating an expert council with involvement of NGOs, cyber security, publication of election data in machine readable format, trainings for commission members, organization of a hot line, and live broadcasts of commission meetings.

 

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