Risk analysis of the draft law on restriction of access to information
The Parliament has a number of legislative initiatives registered, which were negatively assessed by the expert environment as restricting human rights in the certain regulations.
OPORA’s evaluation of prospective operations of the Verkhovna Rada in a video-conferencing format
Legislative authorities in different countries take the unprecedented preventive measures by introducing restrictions for journalists, observers, and the MPs alike. Some parliaments adopted decisions on the abridged procedures for debate, or even on the temporary suspension of their sittings. However, a key question the MPs are trying to answer is about their overall role during the counteraction to a large-scale social challenge. For the period of fighting the COVID-19, executive authorities...
OPORA Final Report on Observation at the 2019 Regular Residential Elections in Ukraine
Civil Network OPORA has provided independent, non-partisan observation in the regular 2019 presidential election. The organization's monitoring campaign began three months before the official start of the election process. The OPORA observation covered all of its stages, for which a network of long-term and short-term observers was deployed in the regions of Ukraine.
Interim report of OPORA on independent observation results of the by-election of MP in district #179
By-election of an MP of Ukraine in district #179 (cantered in the city of Krasnohrad, Kharkiv oblast), is scheduled for 15 March 2020. The by-election in single-mandate district is being held because Oleksii Kucher, who was elected as an MP in early parliamentary elections in July 2019, became the Head of Kharkiv State Administration. The district comprises the city of Lozova, settlements in Lozova, Zachepylivka, Kehychivka, Krasnohrad, and Sakhnovschyna raions of Kharkiv oblast. The voting w...
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...