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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

IFES Ukraine Election Bulletin #100 (December 16, 2019 – January 12, 2020)

New Election Code Signed by President Zelenskyy. On December 28, 2019, President Zelenskyy signed the new election code after it was approved by 330 Members of Parliament in the Verkhovna Rada on December 19. The President stated “the adoption of this code will ensure … fully unified legislation for the preparation and conduct of elections in Ukraine that […]

Verkhovna Rada passes amendments to the political finance regulation

On December 19, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law “On amending certain laws of Ukraine regarding the prevention and counteraction of corruption” in the second reading. The Law brings several positive changes to the current regulation of political finance in Ukraine. It will: Simplify the procedure for making donations to political parties by […]

Ukraine’s parliament adopts historic election code

Today, December 19, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) adopted an historic election code following a short debate in the plenary. The election code was approved with a comfortable majority of 330 votes, with 2 votes against and 10 abstaining. Although the election code would still need to be amended in order to reflect all agreed electoral […]

Press conference dedicated to the 28th anniversary of Referendum in Ukraine

In 1991, 28 years ago, Ukraine proclaimed its independence through a national referendum. Since its adoption in 1996, the Constitution of Ukraine has stipulated that a national referendum may be held in Ukraine at the people’s initiative. However, due to the legal vacuum created after the Constitutional Court in 2018 deemed the 2012 National Referendum […]

IFES Ukraine Election Bulletin #98 (November 18 – December 1, 2019)

Verkhovna Rada Committee Revises Election Code. On November 27, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on State Building, Local Self-Governance, Regional and Urban Development posted a new version of the draft election code on the Rada’s website following recent consultations including with the CEC and civil society. The revised election code addresses most concerns expressed by civil society […]

Academic Conference “The Role of Money in Ukrainian Politics and Elections”

On November 25-26, IFES, in cooperation with Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, organized an academic conference “The Role of Money in Ukrainian Politics and Elections”. The event provided a platform for Ukrainian and international academics to engage in […]

IFES Ukraine Election Bulletin #97 (November 4 – 17, 2019)

Rada’s Committee considers the draft election code. On November 15, 2019, the Committee on State Building, Local Self-Governance, Regional and Urban Development (the Committee) convened to consider the draft election code vetoed by President on September 14. Two days before the meeting, the Committee received a comprehensive set of amendments to the code from the Central […]

IFES Releases White Paper on Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia

The Russian Federation has been using various tools and strategies to destabilize democratic or democratizing governments across Europe and Eurasia and encourage the rise of populist, anti-democratic regimes. Its efforts have accelerated in recent years and will likely continue to intensify. A new white paper from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) examines how […]