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CPLR experts held webinars on the concept of the national referendum, its legal regulation

04.05.2020
Constitutional order /
Referendum

On April 27 and 28, experts of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform held webinars on the concept of the national referendum, its legal regulation in Ukraine for the coordinators and activists of the NGO “Institute Republica”. The activities were supported by the National Democratic Institute of International Relations (NDI) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

Welcoming remarks were made by Olena Botsko, Director of the Citizen Involvement Programme of the National Democratic Institute of International Relations (NDI).

Ihor Koliushko, Head of the Board of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform, focused on the very concept of the referendum and its regulation in Ukrainian legislation in the past and now.

Julia Kyrychenko, Head of the Constitutional Law Projects of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform, referred to the work on the new draft law on the all-Ukrainian referendum and focused on such concepts as the object, subjects, initiation and legal consequences of the referendum.

Oleksandr Marusiak, Expert of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform, dwelt on the provisions of the draft law on the all-Ukrainian referendum on information support and agitation.

Denys Hartvih, Expert of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform, discussed the issue of financing of the referendum process.

A total of six public discussions are scheduled for May-June, encompassing the main issues of the all-Ukrainian referendum process.

May 13, Object of the all-Ukrainian referendum: limits, consequences.

May 18, Exercise of the right of people to initiate a national referendum

May 25, Subjects of the referendum process: the rights of political parties, public organizations

May 27, All-Ukrainian referendum: agitation and information

June 3, Funding of the referendum process: threats, restrictions, control

June 5, Consequences of the all-Ukrainian referendum

The text of the draft law on the all-Ukrainian referendum can be found on the website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.