The extraordinary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada came to nothing. The bills of the President were not included in the agenda One document concerned the elimination of the majority election system and the reduction of the electoral threshold from 5% to 3%. The second one was to simplify the procurement system for early elections.
Samopomich supported the inclusion of both bills in the agenda. After all, elimination of the majority election system would be a great progress towards abolition of the system created by Yanukovych for the usurpation of power. Deputy Speaker of the parliament Oksana Syroyid notes that Samopomich has been consistently defending the electoral system with open lists since 2014 and was the only political force that was ready to vote for it.
It is the representative of Samopomich – Ruslan Sydorovych – who has worked on the Electoral Code, which proposed the system with open lists for the second reading.
Syroyid underscores that the Petro Poroshenko Bloc and Narodnyi Front factions have been in coalition all this time and could have adopted the Electoral Code at any time. Yet, even the committee itself has always failed to gather for the bill’s consideration.
“Ruslan Sydorovych and Samopomich have prepared this Code for the second reading. And those who are now shouting about open lists have done everything to prevent even the meeting of the Committee on Legal Policy from taking place and did not let submit the document for the second reading. They did everything to prevent the Electoral Code from being adopted, at least for now.”
In fact, the Verkhovna Rada retained the system against which the entire parliament seemingly opposed. After all, closed lists are in force anyway. We could have destroyed at least the majority election system, which is no less evil. However, this runs contrary to the interests of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc representatives.