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Political Points for 15–22 July 2019


Political Points of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform include a weekly expert analysis of the most important processes in Ukraine in areas of constitutionalism, political parties and elections, governance and public administration reform, judiciary, combatting corruption, criminal justice, etc. 

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Voting in the extraordinary elections of people's deputies took place

1. CPLR expert opinion

On July 21, 2019, voting in the extraordinary elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine took place. According to preliminary information, there were no systemic violations that could have a significant effect on the voting results in a nationwide single-member constituency. Preliminary protocols’ processing results demonstrate that the political party “Servant of the People” receives an incredibly confident victory. As of today, the preliminary statement is relevant to the results in single-member majority constituencies.

2. Respective authorities counter-point/argument

3. CPLR assessment of the authorities counter-point

According to the statement of the Public Network “Opora”, the extraordinary elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine of July 21, 2019 were organized and held by the state with observance of the requirements of national legislation and democratic election standards.

In summary, a new pro-presidential faction will be formed in the new convocation of the parliament, and there is a high probability that it will be able to independently form a coalition of parliamentary factions and accordingly form a new composition of the Government.

There is a large number of challenges, both narrow-sector and nation-wide, arising before the next parliament. The issues of constitutional reform, legal regulation of referenda, launch of electoral reform, reduction and prevention of corruption, etc. will be crosscutting in the next parliament’s work.

4. Related legislation/instructions which require the authorities act in a certain manner

Constitution of Ukraine.

5. CPLR expert suggestions on how to fix the problem using the legal instruments available in Ukraine

The future coalition needs to present a plan of priority actions of the next parliament, taking into account the successful reforms initiated in Ukraine and the strategic course of Ukraine on European integration. It is worth taking into account the experience of an expert civil society, which has expert potential and institutional memory of the reforms in force in Ukraine.

The primary steps of the VRU should be the election of its leadership, the formation of parliamentary committees, based on the vision of the future Government and the ministries. Formation of the CMU composition should be completed in parallel with the approval of its work program.