The Verkhovna Rada should adopt in the second reading a new draft Electoral Code – which provides for the introduction of elections on a proportional basis with open lists – by end of the current session, that is by the middle of July. MP Ruslan Sydorovych, a representative of the Samopomich parliamentary faction, believes this to be vital.
He notes, “Unless we have a parliament elected on the basis of honest and transparent rules, there is no point in expecting changes aimed at improving the lives of citizens. The electoral code with a proportional system based on open lists is one of the most important conditions for the implementation of a real political reform.”
Presently, a Working Group on Electoral Legislation Reform is preparing the new Electoral Code for the voting. In particular, its participants are currently working on consideration of amendments to the document. According to Ruslan Sydorovych, so far 87 articles of the draft law and 433 amendments have been processed. He adds that this cannot be considered a satisfactory result, because the total number of amendments is about 4,5 thousand.
“For the Electoral Code to be reviewed and adopted by the end of this session, the work on amendments must be completed within a month,” says the parliamentarian. “To do this, the meetings of the working group should be held twice a week, and at least 500 amendments should be reviewed in the course of one meeting.”
“Therefore, we must not give up, but demand an effective and dynamic work, publication of information about the MPs and their assistants who were present at the meetings in order to use the public pressure and make the parliament work and implement one of the most important elements of the political reform – that is, change the electoral law,” concludes Ruslan Sydorovych