Civil Network OPORA’s interim report on by-election of an MP in district #179
The by-election of MP of Ukraine in single-mandate district #179 (Kharkiv oblast) is scheduled for 15 March 2020, since the current Head of Kharkiv Oblast State Administration Oleksii Kucherhas has resigned. The election process has officially began on January 16, and its results should be determined not later than the fifteenth day after the voting day. This election will be held under the Law of Ukraine on the Election of People's Deputies of Ukraine, according to transitional provisions of...
Dirty Pool on Facebook: Anti-Campaigning Against the Front-Runners in the 2019 Presidential Campaign
The entire series of recent election campaigns in the countries of Western Europe and North America showed a notable growth in the role of social media in politics. Now, the fierce fight takes place not only in the streets, at the campaigning stands, or at mass meetings, but also on the pages of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Instagram.
How members of oblast councils spend local budget funds
Civil Network OPORA has been monitoring the distribution of subventions on social and economic development, allocated from the state budget for a few years in a row. We also wrote about MPs striving to get re-elected into the Parliament using budget funds. In this article we have analyzed how subventions from oblast budgets and the budget of Kyiv are distributed between local councillors to finance the realization of voter requests.
OPORA in 2019: Our Success Stories
Before the New Year's Eve, people traditionally summarise their successes and achievements, and make plans for the coming year. Everything is quite simple with our plans - we are preparing for a large-scale observation of regular 2020 local election campaign. As for our achievements, we can talk for a very long time about them. However, not to sound long and boring, we decided to select 14 most important events (dedicated to the 14th anniversary of the organization on 14 December 2019), and t...
2019 subventions: How MPs tried to get re-elected using budget funds
The State Budget of Ukraine provides significant subventions for regional social and economic development each year. This year, like two previous ones, the State Budget budgeted 5 billion UAH on subventions. However, taking into consideration the imperfection of subvention distribution process, two election campaigns, and the change of both state leaders and ⅘ of majoritarian MPs, only 2 billion 728 million UAH were spent (55%). Moreover, the Government had even passed in late September a str...
100 days of the Verkhovna Rada of IX convocation. How did the MPs work?
The Parliament of IX convocation has had 100 days in power on December 6. Thus, MPs have registered 885 bills over this period of time, 94 of which were adopted. They have pressed the voting button almost 500,000 times. There are faction leaders among "rebels", and the faction in power excluded three MPs from the party.
Was the voting in prisons free? Expert survey findings
Civil Network OPORA had been conducting an expert poll from August 26 to September 26, 2019, dedicated to administrative resource in prisons during the last presidential and parliamentary elections. Our main goal was to find out the opinion of the human rights environment on whether the voting in prisons was free, to identify problems in organization of the voting process in prisons and typical violations there. The poll summarizes assessments from human rights defenders and OPORA's electoral...
OPORA PVT Estimates for Parliamentary Election 2019
OPORA deployed 1398 trained and accredited PVT Observers to a nationally representative, random sample of polling stations. PVT Observers evaluated the quality of the Election Day process and recorded the official results. The PVT is a nonpartisan exercise conducted solely by OPORA with the intent of providing independent information on the integrity of the process and the veracity of the official results. Unlike exit polls, PVTs do not ask citizens how they voted, rather they rely on trained...