Without significant amendments the new election law will be the law of appointments – Lavryk

“Samopomich” will vote for the bill on local elections (№2831-3) only in case of introduction of key changes that will ensure the protection of votes and the adequate reflection of the choice of the people. This was reported by Deputy Chairman of the faction Oleh Lavryk in the Verkhovna Rada.

According to him, the “Samopomich” Union faction sent more than 300 amendments to the adopted in the first reading law, but most of them even haven’t been considered at the committee meeting on Wednesday.

On the insistence of the faction’s MPs, yesterday, a meeting of the expert committee on drafting the law for the second reading was held, during which the participants discussed the fundamental requirements to the document.

“Our faction provided a list of key provisions, without which the new electoral law will be the law of appointments. After all, in its current form, it will let make anyone whom the parties’ leaders want the “elected” ones, despite the people’s choice,” said the deputy.

Oleh Lavryk adds that among the main amendments, on which “Samopomich” insists, first of all, there is the introduction of a system of open party lists. Public and the Venice Commission experts insist on that as well. Moreover, this is laid down in the coalition agreement.

In addition, “Samopomich” deputies insist on reducing the number of deputies of local councils by 50%, on enshrining in the transitional provisions an exhaustive list of localities where elections are not held (occupied territory, the line of collision, where the civil-military administrations have been introduced), on parties blocs’ refusal to participate in the elections, on printing ballots at security paper custom-made for the Central Electoral Commission.

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