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The working group has considered on today's meeting amendments, which concern the formation of district and territorial election commissions. The information was provided by representatives of Civil Network OPORA, who attended the meeting.

 

Civil Network OPORA has prepared the second research on the distribution of state subventions for social and economic development between single-member district in Ukraine. Similarly to the previous year, the data analysis for 2017 shows there are political factors influencing the administration of state subventions. We may see from the way the government financial assistance for regional development is used, how wide are the opportunities, opened for influential majoritarian MPs in receiving considerable financing for the solution of problems in their constituencies. Political motivation in the distribution of state funds reveals the problem of shadow lobbying, conflict of interests and corruption. However, OPORA's researches do emphasize that the effectiveness of subventions is another serious challenge.

 

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. 

The Committee on Judicial Policy and Justice has recommended the Parliament to withdraw 13 members of the Central Election Commission, whose term of office had expired, and to vote for or against 14 candidates for members of the CEC, submitted by the President of Ukraine. The corresponding decisions were taken on 18 April meeting of the Committee.

 

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has registered Draft Law of Ukraine on Making Amendments to Some Legislative Acts Aimed to Strengthen Liability for Violation of Electoral Legislation, jointly developed by Civil Network OPORA, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and the National Police of Ukraine.

 

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine voiced approval of the draft Law of Ukraine “On Introduction of Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Aimed to Strengthen the Liability for Violation of Electoral Legislation”, which was elaborated by Civil Network OPORA in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Police, Prosecutor General’s Office, Ministry of Justice and Central Election Commission. The corresponding decision was adopted at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, April 11.

 

The draft Law of Ukraine “On Introduction of Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Aimed to Strengthen the Liability for Violation of Electoral Legislation” was elaborated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Police and Civil Network “OPORA” following on from the results of long-term public and expert discussions. Work on elaboration of draft law started off in 2016 with regional discussions on the results of investigation of crimes against electoral rights of citizens committed in 2015 regular local elections. 

 

On 13 March 2018, the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), a civil society network of independent election observation organizations, and its Lithuanian member International Elections Study Center (IESC) were classified as "undesirable organizations" by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.

 

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.

 
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