OPORA's Position on the Approval of the Electoral Code Before Reconsideration
Before the review of the Electoral Code in the second reading, Civil Network OPORA hereby accentuates the focus of the people’s deputies of Ukraine on the need to provide for full conformity of its provisions with the democratic standards of elections and the Constitution of Ukraine.
OPORA will not observe 2019 December elections in 128 UTCs
Civil Network OPORA is not going to observe the elections to village, settlement and city councils, as well as of the corresponding village, settlement and city heads in united territorial communities, scheduled for December 2019.
Shadow system of subsidy distribution is unacceptable. Statement from OPORA
OPORA has been researching the distribution of state subventions for social and economic development between single-member district in Ukraine for four years already. Based on data analysis for 2016-2019, political factors are influencing the administration of state subventions, and they are distributed nontransparently and unevenly between different regions and districts within the same oblast. In addition, the subvention itself has become an instrument which the government uses to ensure th...
OPORA's statement on dissolution of the Central Election Commission
Today, on September 13, 2019, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine implemented a political agreement on early dissolution of the CEC. 341 MPs of Ukraine voted for this decision.
Statement of OPORA concerning early dissolution of the CEC
Early dissolution of the Central Election Commission is expected to happen in the coming days, given the informal presence of 300 votes in the Parliament. OPORA states that the highest election administration body has become a hostage to political situation over the last 15 years, when the regular and extraordinary rotations in the CEC took place, regardless of whether there are grounds to recognize it guilty in systemic gross violations or unlawful actions.
New Parliament must ensure its own institutional independence - OPORA's statement
Taking into consideration publicly announced intentions to consider lifting immunity of MPs on the very first day of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of IX convocation, Civil Network OPORA calls on newly-elected MPs of Ukraine to take this matter responsibly and with consideration of international standards. Decisions based on the popularity of pre-election promises can significantly weaken the institutional capacity of Parliament and independence of MPs.
Almost a hundred of NGO leaders are calling on the President to protect voting rights of IDPs
Only 1% of 4.5 million of Ukrainian citizens, who are registered on temporarily occupied territories were able to vote in early parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Besides that, internally displaced persons will not be able to exercise their constitutional right to vote in local elections, according to the current legislation. In the appeal, NGO leaders call for a dialogue to address the urgent issue of protecting the voting rights of internally displaced persons and migrant workers.
Statement of the Civil Network OPORA on Preliminary Observation Results of Early Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine 21 July 2019
21 July 2019 early parliamentary elections in Ukraine were organized and held by the state in line with the national legislation and democratic standards.
Statement of the Civil Network OPORA on Provisional Observation Results at the Regular Presidential Election in Ukraine
On April, 21, 2019, voters had an opportunity to freely elect one of the two run-off candidates who received the most of votes during the first election round. The second round is a final stage of election campaign at the regular presidential election in Ukraine with the record high number of candidates running for presidency (39 persons).