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 Poroshenko signed decree on local elections

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree on organizing democratic, fair and transparent local elections on Oct. 25, 2015.

The decree was signed at a meeting of the Regional Development Council in Kyiv on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports citing the presidential press service.

Poroshenko named the main task of local authorities - to organize elections in accordance with the highest European standards and the OSCE requirements. "Our duty as incumbent government is to ensure flawless electoral process at the same high level as the last presidential and parliamentary campaigns," the president said.

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"Each head of administration is responsible not for results of pro-presidential political force, but for the purity of the process and compliance of all phases of the elections with the OSCE standards and European political culture rules. The overall situation in the country after the elections is much more important for me than electoral results of certain parties," Petro Poroshenko said.

The president noted that local elections will be held under the new law: "As we promised and as was stated in the coalition agreement, the elections will be held on a proportional basis with open lists. The fate of every candidate will depend on voters and not party leaders. Trading for seats is impossible with such rules. It is a resolute and major step in our fight against political corruption," the head of state emphasized.

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The president stressed that for the first time in the history of Ukraine the law provides for a procedure of recalling a deputy. The overall number of members of local councils all over the country is reduced significantly. In the cities with more than 90,000 voters the election of mayors will be held in two rounds. There should be at least 30 percent of female candidates.

The head of state noted that granting more powers to local authorities requires greater responsibility from voters.

The president urged all political parties to refrain from crossing the "red lines", which may affect country's capability to confront external threats. "When someone is not satisfied with the actions of the authorities, they should come to a polling station with a ballot, rather than to a square with a grenade. That is what elections are meant for," the president emphasized.

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