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 Rada adopts draft elections code in first reading

Members of Ukrainian parliament started considering in the first reading the draft Elections Code of Ukraine submitted by speaker Andrii Parubii, Oleksandr Chernenko (Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction), and Leonid Yemets (People’s Front faction).

As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET, 226 people's deputies upheld this decision.

The bill provides for electing Ukrainian MPs through a proportional system in accordance with the electoral lists of political parties' candidates for the office of deputy. However, only those lists of candidates which scored at least 4 percent of the valid votes in a state constituency will participate in the distribution of the lawmakers' offices. The bill also provides for using an electoral system that "allows personifying votes" (open lists of candidates), which requires the introduction of regional electoral districts, while retaining incentives to support the all-Ukrainian nature of political parties, preventing their regionalization.

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A similar electoral system is also proposed to be used in the election of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, regional councils, and councils of the cities with the number of voters exceeding 90,000 people. The mayors of such cities are proposed to be elected by the absolute majority in order to "raise the level of public confidence and political authority of the mayors of the corresponding cities."

The members of the village councils, city councils (with the number of voters under 90,000 people), and city district councils are proposed to be elected by relative majority in multi-member constituencies.
 
 
 
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