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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Election Code signed by President Zelenskyy, Elections in Newly Amalgamated Communities

The Election Code has been signed by President Zelenskyy. On Saturday, December 28, the office of the President informed that President Zelenskyy on that day signed the election code as adopted with support of 330 MP votes by the Verkhovna Rada on December 20, 2019.

The President stated that “the adoption of this code will ensure a fully unified legislation for the preparation and conduct of elections in Ukraine that will facilitate the full realization of electoral rights of citizens of Ukraine, the stability of electoral legislation and adherence to the fundamental principles of democratic elections, and further consolidate democracy in Ukraine.

The election code will enter into force on January 1, 2020, and will govern the next national elections, including local elections expected in October 2020. Find a link to IFES’ preliminary assessment of the election code here.

IFES Ukraine welcomes the promulgation of the election code as an important landmark in consolidating the electoral and democratic reform aspirations of the people of Ukraine. At the same time, IFES expresses the hope that the Parliament will refine and amend the now adopted election code in time before the next elections in line with the recommendations discussed and preliminarily agreed by the parliamentary working group on the election code following broad consultations with stakeholders and experts held in September and October 2019.

Elections in newly amalgamated communities on December 22 and 29. As a step in the implementation of decentralization reform in Ukraine, two rounds of elections in newly amalgamated territorial communities (ATCs) were held on December 22 and 29. According to the CEC, a total of 435.100 registered voters in 24 oblasts across Ukraine could take part in the election of councilors and mayors to their newly formed local self-government bodies. These two rounds of elections bring the total number of communities in Ukraine that have opted to voluntarily amalgamate and conducted first elections in ATCs up from 896 to 988.

On the last two Sundays of 2019, elections were held in 92 ATCs – 86 in 21 oblasts on December 22 and 6 in 3 oblasts on December 29. Additionally, supplementary elections to three existing ATCs were held in one oblast on December 29. Following December 22 election day, the CEC announced preliminary turnout figures between 30 and 70 percent. The final election results will be announced between January 1 and 10, 2019. The CEC used the opportunity to test new web-resources for electronic transfer of preliminary election results from a few territorial election commissions.

The first elections in newly amalgamated territorial communities were held on October 25, 2015, and the decentralization process is expected to be completed in 2020.