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IFES Ukraine

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Conference on “2019 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections: Lessons Learned and Recommendations”

On November 13-14, IFES, in cooperation with the Сentral Election Commission (CEC), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Project Coordinator in Ukraine and the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine, organized a national conference “2019 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections: Lessons Learned and Recommendations”. The event provided a platform for national and international electoral […]

IFES Comment on Draft Law 2336 “On amending certain legislative acts of Ukraine on the prevention and counteraction of political corruption”

IFES Ukraine has prepared a comment on Draft Law 2336 that introduces changes to the current regulation of political finance. It was registered in the Verkhovna Rada on October 29, 2019, by MPs from “Holos” and “Batkivshchyna” parliamentary factions. The draft law offers reasonable solutions to important problems related to private funding and financial reporting […]

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 […]

CEC Announces Local Elections in 119 Newly Amalgamated Communities on December 22, 2019

On October 11, the Central Election Commission (CEC) approved requests from oblast regional state administrations and scheduled 119 elections in newly-amalgamated communities on Sunday, December 22. Eighty-six communities will conduct first elections in newly amalgamated communities while another 33 communities will elect additional members to expand existing local councils. The election process will begin on November 2. The CEC decision marks the continuation of decentralization reform […]

IFES Ukraine Election Bulletin #94 (September 23 – October 4, 2019)

Parliament Appoints 17 New CEC Members. On October 4, the Verkhovna Rada voted to appoint a new Central Election Commission based on a petition from the President. The 17 candidacies were voted on one by one and supported by all parliamentary fractions. They replace the previous Commission which was dismissed on September 13. Before the vote, Batkivshchyna faction […]

Call for papers – Academic conference “The Role of Money in Ukrainian Politics and Elections”

  Academic conference “The Role of Money in Ukrainian Politics and Elections”   Date: November 25-26, 2019   N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) are jointly organising the academic conference “The Role of Money in Ukrainian Politics and Elections”, […]

IFES and OPORA’s joint position paper on priorities for electoral legal reform

The 2019 presidential and early parliamentary elections represent important milestones for consolidating democracy in Ukraine. Election observers and stakeholders noted significant improvements, including better preparedness to combat cyberattacks on key election infrastructure, a competitive campaign environment respecting fundamental freedoms and fewer instances of voter fraud. In particular, election day was assessed positively in both elections, […]

Electoral technology and internet voting in Ukraine

As technology advances and more transactions become electronic, many have questioned when voting will truly enter the digital age. After all, many of us trust websites and mobile apps with our financial information and with our social interaction, and it seems only natural to have the same level of trust when casting a vote online. […]

Political parties publish pre-election financial reports

Under the Parliamentary Election Law, all political parties participating in the election should submit their interim campaign financial reports to the Central Election Commission (CEC) and the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC), as well as publish them on their websites no later than on July 15. 21 out of 22 parties that […]

Verkhovna Rada adopted draft election code into law after 17th vote on amendments

On July 11, 2019, the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, adopted into law the draft election code that passed in its first reading in November 2017. The election code was adopted in violation of the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure: Speaker Parubiy put amendments up to vote for consideration 17 times, and 16 times these amendments […]