OPORA Position on the Draft Law to Improve Legal Regulation of Political Parties Finance Passes in the First Reading
On June, 17, 2021, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported with 319 votes a draft law on introducing amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Political Parties in Ukraine” (No 5253-1). It aims to improve legal regulation of party finance. The document supported by the Parliament is an alternative to the draft law of Ukraine “On Introducing Changes to the Law of Ukraine “On Political Parties in Ukraine” to improve the procedures for termination of government funding for statutory activities of pol...
OPORA's Statement on the CEC's Enforcement of the Decision of the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court on Elections to the Constituency No 87
On May 19, the CEC decided to implement the Resolution of the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court of Ukraine to cancel its protocol on the results of the by-elections of the People's Deputy of Ukraine, and drew up a new protocol. The winner of the election was Vasyl Virastiuk ("Servant of the People" party), who received 14,811 votes. According to the new protocol, the candidate from the "For the Future" party, Oleksandr Shevchenko, won 13,942 votes.
OPORA’s Preliminary Statement on Voting Results at the Interim Elections of a People’s Deputy in a Single-Member Constituency No 87
OPORA hereby states the failure to ensure the right of voters for lawful and fair establishment of their voting results in a single-member constituency No 87 at elections of a people’s deputy of Ukraine.
OPORA’s Comment on Establishing Results for the Interim Elections of a People’s Deputy at the DEC No 87 meeting on March, 31, 2021
On March, 31, 2021, after the two-day break and rotation of some heads and members of DEC No 87, the process of establishing voting results at elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine resumed. DEC operations included multiple breaks, some unlawful commission decisions, conflicts between the commission and a candidate Oleksandr Shevchenko, and the interference of people’s deputies into the lawful course of DEC meeting.
OPORA statement following the preliminary observation findings at the interim elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine in constituencies No 50 and No 87
Civil Network OPORA administered a comprehensive independent observation over the course of interim elections of people’s deputies in constituencies No 50 (Pokrovsk, Donetsk Oblast), and No 87 (Nadvirna, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast). We focused on the legality of procedures, competitiveness of the campaign, and its compliance with the international democratic standards. On the election day, March, 28, OPORA ran a short-term observation that included the registration of violations and abuse, and th...
OPORA statement on the abuse of administrative resources at the interim elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine on March, 28, 2021
Following the non-partisan observation at the interim elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine in constituencies No 50 and No 87, OPORA hereby states the violation of the political neutrality principle in candidates’ favour on the part of public administration.
OPORA’s Statement on the Fact of Sexism and Bullying Against a Female Deputy for Showing at the Official Event with a Child
The facts of public demonstration of sexism and bullying on grounds of gender or age show the society’s (im)maturity. Whenever the bullying targets the gender and family roles at the same time, as combined with the conduct of public persons, it is a model to follow in public and in personal space.
OPORA Comment Statement on the Law of Ukraine on the All-Ukrainian Referendum
On January, 26, 2021, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine cast the 255 votes of MPs to pass the draft Law of Ukraine “On the All-Ukrainian Referendum” (no 3612) in the second reading, and in whole. The draft law was developed by the parliament’s working group of the people’s deputies of Ukraine, representatives of non-governmental and academic organizations. Upon the formal request for feedback submitted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the draft law received a joint expert opinion from the Venice...
GNDEM Statement of Solidarity over the Arrest of Citizen Observers of the Uganda 2021 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections
The Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM), a network of 251 citizen observer groups located in 89 countries, condemns the arrest and detainment of 27 citizen observers on January 14, 2021. The arrests made at the data and information center at the Africana Hotel in Kampala included individuals from both GNDEM and non-GNDEM civil society organizations observing the Uganda presidential and parliamentary elections. The arrests of the observers inhibit the critical role of non-part...