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 "Party dictatorship" law contradicts international standards, - Venice Commission

The European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) has criticized the amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On Election of People's Deputies of Ukraine," better known as the "party dictatorship" law.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Yevropeiska Pravda, the Commission insists that the adjustment of electoral lists after election contradicts European standards.

The Commission recalled that a few years ago it had already given its expert opinion on the "imperative mandate", recognizing it undemocratic.

The Venice Commission believes that granting parties such powers contradicts international standards and de facto deprives citizens (voters) of their choice, since the party itself chooses who to elect from the list. The right of parties to remove candidates from the lists after elections must be reviewed and brought in line with European standards, the Commission concludes.

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As previously reported, the Verkhovna Rada passed amendments to the law "On Election of People's Deputies" in February 2016 after it failed 20 votes on this issue. After that, major parliamentary parties, including Petro Poroshenko Bloc and People's Front, held congresses to amend their 2014 electoral lists by removing unwanted candidates.
 
 
 
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