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OPORA has been receiving these days information from various sources about attempts to induce CEC member Kateryna Makhnitska to appeal for early termination of her authority. Such actions can be characterized as an illegal pressure upon an official at the highest level election commission, aimed to create a vacant seat before the voting on CEC's renewal. We would like to remind that Kateryna Makhnitska was appointed in April 2014, representing AUU “Svoboda”, and her term of office expires in 2021.

 

The closer re-election is, the less number of draft laws is being adopted. Thus, only 12% of draft laws have been adopted over 3.5 years of parliamentary activities. Such low efficiency is accompanied by a growing “law-making tsunami”. Today, only one of eight draft laws has chances to be adopted. This information was presented by the experts of Civil Network OPORA on 12 May conference.

 

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.

 

Today, the working group on the Election Code has taken into consideration amendments, which concern voter lists and statistical data of the Voter Register. The information was provided by representatives of Civil Network OPORA, who attended the meeting.

 

Ukrainian legislation doesn't provide any sanctions for violation of gender quota requirements in party lists. This requirement remains a mere moral obligation, and is not introduced even in the Electoral Code. This information was presented by representative of Civil Network OPORA on a meeting with non-governmental organizations, held by the Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and Government Commissioner for Gender Policy Kateryna Levchenko in Kyiv on 5 June.

 

The risk of wide-scale voter bribery in Ukraine is very high, and it's important to adopt a law introducing the corresponding sanctions. Such statement was made by Legal Advisor of the Civil Network OPORA Olha Kotsiuruba on meetings with European Parliament representatives during a two-day visit to Brussels, organized by the European Platform for Democratic Elections.

 

OPORA has been analyzing the distribution of state subventions for social and economic development of territories for the second year in a row. In 2016, the financing reached 2 billion 453 million UAH for 3,714 objects (measures). However, the amount had increased in 2017 in over two times reaching 5 billions 252 million UAH, and the number of objects increased in almost three and a half times. According to OPORA's research, the majority of financing is scattered among projects, which priority may be put in question. According to the analysis of expenses and presentation of this state assistance to the public, the budget resources are used for election campaigns by majoritarian candidates. This information was presented by the experts of Civil Network OPORA on 7 May conference.

 

Working group on the Election Code has considered amendments, which introduce electronic appeal to the State Voter Register. However, the consideration of voting rights of internally displaced persons and migrant workers and their inclusion into the voters list was again postponed. The information was provided by representatives of Civil Network OPORA, who attended the meeting.

 

On 14 May, a public discussion titled “Invisible voters” was held in Sievierodonetsk. The participants discussed the opportunities for participation of internally displaced persons and migrant workers in local democracy and the corresponding mechanisms, established by the draft law #6240 guaranteeing the voting rights of internally displaced persons and other mobile groups of citizens.

 

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.

 
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