Civil network OPORA is actively monitoring local elections scheduled for the October 25th, 2015. In the framework of this monitoring, OPORA focuses on how the elections are prepared and carried out, as well as the cases when the Ukrainian law is violated.

In particular, civil network OPORA analysed how candidates from political parties are distributed across 5 major macro-regions of Ukraine. They are:

  • West (Volyn, Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Rivne, Ternopil, and Chernivtsi regions);
  • Center (Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Poltava, Sumy, Khmelnytsk, Cherkasy, and Chernihiv regions, and Kyiv);
  • South ( Kherson, Mykolaiv, and Odesa regions);
  • East (Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zaporizhia regions);

Civil network OPORA has analysed the main trends in nomination and registration of candidates for local elections scheduled for 25th October 2015.

The analysis touched upon the following questions:

  • how local cells of political parties organized conferenced and nominated candidates;
  • what were the cases of refusals to register candidates and registration of candidates-doubles;
  • how electoral lists of multi-mandat election districts reflect balanced representation of both sexes;
  • what are gender and age characteristics of candidates for city mayor positions as well as oblast, raion, city, raion in city councils.

The newsletter includes analytics and publications of experts of IWP in September, 2015.

The topics addressed in the newsletter are:

  • European Integration and the Regional State Administrations. How is the EU Promoted on the Regional Level?
  • Ukraine-Russia: Scenarios for the Development of Bilateral Relations
  • Martin Sieg: EU integration can only succeed as a modernization project
  • Stefan Wolff on the key ingredients of inclusive citizenship

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Expert of the Institute of World Policy Dariya Gaidai, is convinced that strengthening support for the European integration among the people in Ukrainian regions will contribute to the success of any reform. Expert emphasized that until today, the information campaign in support of the European integration was mostly done by the NGOs and the EU Delegation to Ukraine. However, from 1 January 2016, when all provisions of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine will enter into force, the primary responsibility for this task will lie on the Ukrainian authorities, with a special role for the local authorities.

Еhe latest issue of “Inside Ukraine” by the International Centre for Policy Studies.

Yuriy Seheda, expert of NGO “OPORA” explained how political parties use the gaps in the law to carry out election campaigns through NGOs.

In an article for Ukrainska Pravda, experts of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform (CPLR), Ihor Koliushko and Viktor Tymoshchuk, explained why there is an opposition to the bill #2490 “On civil service”.

Expert of the Centre for Political and Legal Reforms Olexander Banchuk, analysed positive and negatives sides of the new law on police in an article for the “New Time“.

Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation conducted a survey among experts, public figures and journalists to assess the new law on local elections, and to predict how will the upcoming election campaign look like.

CPLRA number of NGOs accused the Cabinet of Ministers of blocking anti-corruption reform and asked the President to intervene immediately.

In the open letter to Petro Poroshenko they ask him to support the launch of the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption.

The letter was signed by: Association “Avtomaydan”, “E-Democracy”, Institute for Media Law, “Our Money” on channel ZIK, “Patients of Ukraine”, “Reanimation Package of Reforms”, movement “No bribery!”, “Chesno”, Transparency International Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute for Public Policy, Center UA, Centre for Political and Legal Reforms, Center for Political Studies and Analysis, Center for combating corruption.