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​Rada Passes New Wording Of Law On Local Elections Under Proportional System With Open Lists

The amendments to the law were voiced by the chairman of the relevant committee.

The Verkhovna Rada has passed the new wording of the Law on Local Elections to elect members of regional, district, city/town, city/town district councils under the proportional electoral system with open lists (preferences).

A total of 257 parliament members with the required minimum of 226 have voted for draft law No 2831-3.

The final text of the document has not been posted on the Verkhovna Rada website yet.

The amendments to the law were voiced by the chairman of the relevant committee.

The new law provides for electing members of village and settlement councils under the majority voting system, while members of regional, district, city/town, city/town district councils are elected under the proportional system in multi-mandate constituencies along with simultaneous nomination of candidates in the precincts, instead of the mixed majority-proportional system.

Self-nomination and nomination by local party organizations is allowed in single-mandate constituencies, while multi-mandate constituencies accept nomination by local party organizations (regardless of the date of registration or party rename, but no later than the day of the law publication).

Standing for local elections is forbidden for parties' en bloc and those whose activity, name or symbols do not comply with the Law on Prohibiting the Communist and National Socialist Propaganda.

The number of precincts in inhabited localities matches the number of the mandates in the council, but a party may nominate only one candidate (or do not field candidates in other precincts).

The list of party candidates for local elections shall consist of at least 30% of the candidates of the same sex, one permanent candidate approved, and others in an alphabetical order indicating their assigned precincts.

A ballot includes the party name and the names of the nominated candidates.

The voter may support one of the candidates from various parties in the ballot. The vote is considered both for the candidate and automatically for his/her party.

Following the elections the mandates are distributed only among the candidates from the list of the parties which have overcome the 5-percent threshold in the descending order of the votes they received in their precincts.

The law envisages the withdrawing mechanism for local council members.

If a candidate was nominated by the party, he/she is withdrawn by the party leadership, but his/her seat must be filled by another party member.

If the candidate was nominated in single-mandate constituency, he/she is withdrawn on public initiative by collecting signatures, but no less than the number of voters in the constituency.

In addition, the new law provides for city/town mayors' run-off elections if the number of voters is not more than 90,000.

The majority electoral system is applied in the city/town elections (the winner receives more than 50% of votes) where the number of voters is equal or more than 90,000.

The current relative majority system (the winner receives the highest number of votes) is applied in the villages, city/towns, settlements, communities with less than 90,000 voters.

Under the law, the local elections will not take place in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol and certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on October 25 (the list will be stipulated in Parliament decision on the local election date).

As Ukrainian News reported, local election will take place in Ukraine on October 25.

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