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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Election Bulletin #103 (February 8-21, 2020)

CEC Registers Candidates for Parliamentary By-Election. On February 17, the Central Election Commission (CEC) registered candidates for the March 15 Verkhovna Rada by-election in the Kharkiv region’s single-mandate constituency number 179. Forty candidates were eventually registered – 17 are women. The parliamentary seat was held by Servant of the People Member of Parliament Oleksii Kucher who was appointed […]

Consensus Reached on Path Forward for Further Strengthening Elections in Ukraine

In 2019, Ukraine witnessed two historic national elections which resulted in the election of a new president and parliament. International and domestic observes broadly viewed the election process and environment across both elections as representing a major step forward for electoral democracy in Ukraine. The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine was commended for what […]

Election Bulletin #102 (January 25 – February 7, 2020)

Rada Approves Resolution to Continue Work on Amending the Constitution to Reduce the Number of MPs to 300 and designating the Proportional System for Future Parliamentary Elections. On February 4, the Verkhovna Rada, with 236 MP votes in favor, passed a resolution in support of the President’s earlier proposal enshrined in Draft Law no. 1017 to amend the Constitution of […]

Civic Education Course Alumni Unite to Engage More Citizens in Democracy

On February 3, 2020, 11 Ukrainian students announced the registration of a new nongovernmental organization (NGO) called the Youth Democratic Association, or YODA. The organization aims to promote democratic principles and ideas and protect human rights and freedoms through youth-targeted public engagement and education activities. YODA’s co-founders live in four different cities, study a variety […]

IFES Presents Political Finance Reform Priorities

The 2015 Law on political finance and the establishment of the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) gave rise to expectations of higher levels of transparency and accountability in political finance. Yet, the 2019 elections indicated that procedures and control measures put in place had been insufficient to ensure transparency and minimize the dependency […]

IFES Election Bulletin #101 (January 13 – 24, 2020)

Government Appoints Novikov as NAPC Chair. On January 15, the Cabinet of Ministers appointed Oleksandr Novikov as Chair of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC). The new NAPC Chair has a legal education and over 10 years of experience with the Public Prosecutor. He supported government prosecution of both organized crime and economic crimes. On […]

Civic Education at Universities: Ukraine’s Experience

Students will learn about democratic governance, human rights, civil society and civic initiatives as well as design action projects to address specific challenges in their communities.  The “Democracy: From Theory to Practice” course was developed by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) with support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and UK aid. It was piloted in eight Ukrainian universities in 2018, based on […]

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 […]