The Cabinet presented a draft law on inevitability of punishment for electoral crimes

The draft Law of Ukraine “On Introduction of Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Aimed to Strengthen the Liability for Violation of Electoral Legislation” was elaborated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Police and Civil Network “OPORA” following on from the results of long-term public and expert discussions. Work on elaboration of draft law started off in 2016 with regional discussions on the results of investigation of crimes against electoral rights of citizens committed in 2015 regular local elections. The inclusive and comprehensive manner of drafting process provided for incorporation of substantiated proposals from investigators directly involved in investigation of electoral crimes, observers representing NGOs, other electoral subjects, academics, etc, in the provisions of this draft law.

The above statement was made by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Tetyana Kovalchuk at the meeting of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine held on Wednesday, April 11.

The draft law received approval from the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Prosecutor General’s Office and Central Election Commission.

The urgent need for adoption of this draft law is evidenced by the large number of electoral violations that are being recorded by independent observers during elections in Ukraine and result in initiation of criminal proceedings. According to the results of survey conducted in June-July 2017 timeframe by GfK Ukraine at the request of Council of Europe Office in Ukraine, 68% of Ukrainians are dissatisfied with the current level of fairness of election process in Ukraine and only 19% are satisfied with it. This goes to show the magnitude of the problem.

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