OPORA Expresses Its Solidarity with the People of Belarus
OPORA hereby expresses its support to Belarus people in their pursuit for free and fair elections. Systemic violation of international standards and best practices in the organization of elections in the Republic of Belarus led to the delegitimization of the voting results and the campaign winner announced by the Central Election Commission.
A Problem With Job Compensation for TEC members in August is a Challenge for Election Process – OPORA
In the letter of the Central Election Commission to oblast, district, city and Kyiv district commissions, dated August, 11, 2020, the CEC highlights the peculiarities of job remuneration in August for election commission members who exercise their duties on a permanent basis.
Information of the Civil Network OPORA on Scheduling the First Local Elections in 2020
Application of the new electoral framework provokes broad discussion on the level of election administration bodies and expert community. Due to legal ambiguity, the issues arose about the scheduling of the first elections of deputies to district councils and the first local elections in the amalgamated territorial communities (hromadas). OPORA prepared a brief explanation for the most resonant aspects of scheduling the first local elections in 2020.
OPORA Statement on Establishing the Impossibility to Hold Local Elections in Certain Hromadas in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts
On August, 08, 2020, on the grounds of conclusions from Donetsk and Luhansk oblast civil-military administrations, the CEC thereby established the impossibility to conduct the first local elections in 10 territorial hromadas in Donetsk Oblast, and in 8 hromadas in Luhansk Oblast. Notably, the local elections will not be organized in the de-facto oblast capital of Luhansk region, the Severodonetsk city, and in other, rather big hromadas of the two regions (Lysychansk, Volnovakha, Avdiyivka, Vu...
OPORA Statement on the Adopted Changes to the Electoral Law
On July, 16, 2020, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved in the second reading the draft law No 3485 on changes to electoral law. The decision that implies amendments to the Electoral Code, the Criminal Code and the Code on Administrative Offense, the laws on the CEC and the State Voter Register was supported by the 308 people’s deputies of Ukraine.
OPORA's statement on the appointment of 2020 local elections by the Parliament
On July 15, 2020, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Resolution scheduling regular 2020 local elections by 326 votes. The Parliament has exercised its constitutional authority to call regular local elections and provided legal certainty in the organization and conduct of the election campaign.
OPORA statement on the parliament`s consideration of changes to electoral law
On July, 9, 2020, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on the Organization of State Power, Regional Development, Local Self-Government, and Urban Planning completed the process of preparing the draft Law of Ukraine No 3485 for the second reading. The draft law introduces substantial changes to the Electoral Code, the Code on Administrative Offense, the Criminal Code, the Laws of Ukraine “On Central Election Commission” and “On the State Voter Registry.”
Joint statement on pilot online voting in October 2020 local elections
Signatories of this statement express their concern about a possible pilot online voting in local elections.
OPORA position on Draft Law No 3612 on Popular Rule Through the National Referendum
People are exercising the power directly and via the public authorities and self-government bodies.1 In the opinion of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, an element of the process of direct exercise of power by the people includes the exercise of Constitutional rights and freedoms by Ukraine’s citizens, such as the right to vote at elections and at a referendum. Additionally, people have the exlusive right to directly, via the all-Ukrainian referendum, to identify the constitutional rule in...