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IFES Ukraine Election Bulletin #106 (March 21 – April 3, 2020)

CEC Confirms Rada By-election Results in District 179. On March 24, the Central Election Commission (CEC) established results of the Verkhovna Rada by-election in single-mandate district Number 179 in Kharkiv Oblast. Former Kharkiv governor and political independent, Yuliia Svitlychna, was elected with 77.55 percent of the valid votes cast. With Ms. Svitlychna’s election, 88 women now serve in […]

IFES Ukraine Election Bulletin #105 (March 7 – 20, 2020)

Parliamentary By-election in Election District 179. On March 15, a parliamentary by-election was conducted in single-mandate District Number 179 in Kharkiv Oblast. It was scheduled because former Member of Parliament Oleksii Kucher of the Servant of the People political party resigned the seat after being appointed by President Zelenskyy as the new Head of the […]

IFES Ukraine Election Bulletin #104 (February 24 – March 6, 2020)

Rada Approves New Government. With 277 votes, the Verkhovna Rada approved a new Cabinet of Ministers at a snap parliamentary session on Wednesday, March 4. The government was introduced by newly-appointed Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. Earlier in the day on Wednesday, lawmakers approved former Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk’s resignation which he tendered on March 3. His […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Ukraine Election Bulletin #96 (October 19 – November 1, 2019)

The New CEC Gets to Work. On October 22, the newly appointed Central Election Commission (CEC) divided areas of responsibility among its members. The Chairman of the CEC, Oleh Didenko, will monitor the activities of the commission, its Secretariat and the Office of the State Register of Voters and be responsible for budget. He is in […]