The CEC has formed oblast, raion, and city election commissions
The Central Election Commission and local cells of political parties have properly realized their functions in regard to formation and staffing of key collegial bodies responsible for the organization of local elections on 25 October 2020 and overall election administration in oblasts, raions and cities.
Final Report at the Extraordinary Parliamentary Elections In Ukraine On July, 21, 2019
Civil Network OPORA provided for an independent non-partisan observation at the special elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine in 2019. OPORA observation covered all the election stages. For that matter, a network of long-term and short-term observers has been unfolded in all regions of Ukraine.
The Verkhovna Rada of IX convocation. Yearly summary
Compared to the previous convocation, the Verkhovna Rada of the IX convocation has renewed by 80%. It became slightly younger, and the representation of women has increased by 9%. Besides that, for the first time in the history of Ukraine, the legislative body has a so-called mono party majority of the Servant of the People (248 MPs). These and other factors had definitely influenced the first year of the new, already ninth, convocation of Ukrainian Parliament.
Providing for the Inescapable Punishment for Electoral Fraud: Analysis of Proposals to Electoral Code
Electoral process in Ukraine is still associated with considerable breach of law, when political parties and candidates resort to illegal electoral techniques, whereas electoral subjects continue to commit massive fraud, and fail on the generally accepted election standards.
Parliament supports health care workers, passes "anti-Kolomoiskyi" law and changes e-declaration rules in May
As there still was the quarantine in May, the Parliament continued working in the format of extraordinary sittings. They can be initiated by the President of Ukraine or a third part of MPs. There were 4 such meetings in May (on 7, 13, 19 and 20 May). Thus, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a number of legislative initiatives in May. In particular, it voted on a law that gives extra guarantees for health care and other employees who are involved in protection of the population against infectious dise...
Analysis of draft amendments to the Election Code from OPORA
The VRU Committee on Organization of State Government, Regional Development, Local Self-Government and Urban Planning has returned to the improvement of the Election Code before 2020 regular local elections.
How the Parliament worked in April: budget amendments, completing decentralization, and fighting the "legislative spam"
In April, the Parliament adopted a number of important initiatives. In particular, MPs voted for the State Budget amendments, and approved the reduce in revenue and increase in expenditure. According to Prime Minister Denys Shmygal, this decision was necessary to allocate additional funds to fight coronavirus. The Parliament has approved changes that allow the completion of decentralization process. In particular, the Cabinet of Ministers was entitled to designate administrative centers of te...
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...