Reform of the election law is one of the priorities in the reboot of the Ukrainian political system. In the Coalition Agreement of 2014, five deputy factions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the eighth convocation acknowledged the necessity to introduce comprehensive amendments to the laws on parliamentary and local elections as soon as possible.
Despite the changes in the membership of the Coalition, the public expects the political parties to keep their promises and introduce an open party list proportional electoral system for parliamentary elections, as has been agreed by all major political players.
At the same time, the Reanimation Package of Reforms would like to draw attention to the lack of publicity in the processing of the draft laws on the election law reform and the lack of necessary discussion. In particular, non-governmental organizations are concerned about the fact that five draft laws, including two Electoral Codes, were submitted to the Parliament on February 22, 2017, without recommendations of the Committee on Legal Policy and Justice.
Such an evasive attitude of the subject committee will make it harder to search for consensus and to select an electoral system meeting the needs of social development of Ukraine, which – in the long term – might impede or even roll back the expected reform of the electoral system.
The RPR calls on:
- the President of Ukraine as a guarantor of the Constitution – to stand up for the qualitative changes in the process of delegating power to the representatives of the authorities in order to strengthen trust between the society and the state;
- the Government and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine – to provide political and professional assistance to the reform of election law and to support multilateral public discussion of the needs of the reform and the ways of its implementation;
- the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine – to boost the activity of the parliamentary working group to reach a consensus and to adopt the election law on the basis of an open party list proportional electoral system in line with the recommendations of the BDIHR/OSCE and the Resolution of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly 2145 “The Functioning of Democratic Institutions in Ukraine” (January 2017);
- the parliamentary Committee on Legal Policy and Justice – to ensure professional monitoring, inclusiveness, and openness of the working group in charge of reforming the election law;
- the parliamentary factions – to publicly confirm their commitments in the sphere of the election reform, to voice their stands on each of the draft laws, and to affirm the change of the electoral system;
- the experts, the NGOs, and the activists – to support this petition and to encourage the politicians to act responsibly through their active participation in the sessions of the working group in charge of reforming the election law, public awareness campaigns, and coverage of the goals, the content, and the progress of the reform.