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.


On 6 October, Ukrainian Parliament adopted in the first reading the Draft Law on Peculiarities of the State Policy in the Securing of State Sovereignty of Ukraine over Temporarily Occupied Territories in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts (register #7163; hereinafter – “Draft Law”). While preparing the Draft Law to the second reading, MPs have submitted over 600 modifications and propositions. However, such activeness of the deputy corps didn't increase neither transparency, nor inclusiveness of the discussion process.


У жовтні 2017 року в дев'яти областях України відбулося понад 15 заходів, спрямованих на розвиток громадської активності та залучення мешканців до процесу прийняття рішень. Мета проекту - підвищення можливостей та навичок органів місцевого самоврядування, сприяння підзвітності влади через залучення громадськості задля ефективного впровадження реформи децентралізації в Україні.


Very often MP’s boast around in social networks and in meeting with the electorate that they “brought” money to their constituency. We decided to clarify where this money comes from. In our research we came across Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers # 395 on providing subvention in 2016 from the state budget for social and economic development of some territories, which we analyzed. Besides, we found out what MP’s actually do to solicit this money.


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.

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