OPORA's statement on interim observation results of the second round of Chernivtsi mayoral election on 29 November 2020
On 29 November 2020, the second round of mayoral election was held in Chernivtsi. The vote took place at 115 polling stations, with approximately 185.5 thousand voters included in voter lists. Candidate Roman Klichuk (The Only Alternative party cell) competed with Vitalii Mykhailishyn (The Mykhailishyn Team party cell). OPORA has realized long-term and short-term observation of the second round of mayoral election in Chernivtsi. On the election day, OPORA deployed official observers to 60...
OPORA statement preliminary findings following observation of runoff city mayor elections held on 22 November, 2020
On 22 November, runoff mayoral elections took place in Berdiansk, Zaporizhia Oblas; Dnipro; Drohobych, Lviv Oblast; Lviv; Mykolaiv; Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast; Poltava; Rivne; Slovyansk, Donetsk Oblast; Uzhhorod; and Cherkasy. OPORA observers conducted long-term and short-term observations of the elections focusing on assessment of the quality of election procedures and the level of democaracy and competitiveness of the electoral process.
OPORA statement preliminary findings following observation of rerun city mayor elections held on November 15, 2020
Civil Network OPORA conducted independent non-partisan observation of the repeat mayoral election held on November 15, 2020 in Lutsk, Odessa, Sumy, Kherson, Kamianets-Podilsky of Khmelnytsky Oblast, Kramatorsk, and Ukrainka of Kyiv Oblast. In all localities, except Ukrainka, the rerun election was called because none of the candidates had won more than 50% of the votes cast during the October 25 election. Mayoral elections in the communities with 75,000+ voters are held under an absolute majo...
OPORA statement on preliminary results of observation in 2020 local elections
Based on the preliminary results of its election observation, OPORA notes a highly competitive nature of the local elections, which were generally in compliance with the legislation of Ukraine. Citizens could choose from a wide variety of candidates (political parties) who had been provided with adequate conditions and resources to conduct wide-ranging election campaigning.
OPORA Expresses Its Solidarity with the People of Belarus
OPORA hereby expresses its support to Belarus people in their pursuit for free and fair elections. Systemic violation of international standards and best practices in the organization of elections in the Republic of Belarus led to the delegitimization of the voting results and the campaign winner announced by the Central Election Commission.
A Problem With Job Compensation for TEC members in August is a Challenge for Election Process – OPORA
In the letter of the Central Election Commission to oblast, district, city and Kyiv district commissions, dated August, 11, 2020, the CEC highlights the peculiarities of job remuneration in August for election commission members who exercise their duties on a permanent basis.
Information of the Civil Network OPORA on Scheduling the First Local Elections in 2020
Application of the new electoral framework provokes broad discussion on the level of election administration bodies and expert community. Due to legal ambiguity, the issues arose about the scheduling of the first elections of deputies to district councils and the first local elections in the amalgamated territorial communities (hromadas). OPORA prepared a brief explanation for the most resonant aspects of scheduling the first local elections in 2020.
OPORA Statement on Establishing the Impossibility to Hold Local Elections in Certain Hromadas in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts
On August, 08, 2020, on the grounds of conclusions from Donetsk and Luhansk oblast civil-military administrations, the CEC thereby established the impossibility to conduct the first local elections in 10 territorial hromadas in Donetsk Oblast, and in 8 hromadas in Luhansk Oblast. Notably, the local elections will not be organized in the de-facto oblast capital of Luhansk region, the Severodonetsk city, and in other, rather big hromadas of the two regions (Lysychansk, Volnovakha, Avdiyivka, Vu...
OPORA Statement on the Adopted Changes to the Electoral Law
On July, 16, 2020, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved in the second reading the draft law No 3485 on changes to electoral law. The decision that implies amendments to the Electoral Code, the Criminal Code and the Code on Administrative Offense, the laws on the CEC and the State Voter Register was supported by the 308 people’s deputies of Ukraine.