Electoral Code and Local Elections: “The Devil in the Details”

To paraphrase a well-known saying, you can endlessly look at three things: how the fire burns, how the water flows, and how the Ukrainian legislation on elections is rewritten on the eve of the elections themselves. On January 1, 2020, the long-suffering Electoral Code entered into force, a priori euphoric attitude towards which for many representatives of civil society overshadowed the essence of the document in all its editions.

Meanwhile, the text of the Code itself has undergone significant changes several times over the past six months. Moreover, the version of the document adopted by the parliament and signed by the president can hardly be considered a constant for future elections – after the administrative-territorial reform, it will definitely be necessary to introduce technical amendments, along with which further substantial changes can be adopted.

In the media, articles on the adopted Code appeared with headlines on “the end of the majoritarian vote” and focused on innovations for the elections to the Verkhovna Rada, while the cardinal change in the system for the upcoming local elections in 2020 was not dealt with in detail – we fill this gap with the first material of the Center for Political Analysis “Observatory of Democracy” in this year.

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