Authority in the cities cannot be given to the people who are supported by only 15-20% of the society – Markevych

After the adoption of the draft law on local elections (№ 2831-2) in Ukrainian cities there will be no mayors elected by minority. This was stated by deputy of the “Samopomich” Union faction, co-author of the bill Yaroslav Markevych.

“The existing law allows the candidates with real support level of 15-20% to become mayors. This happens, in particular, due to the nomination of dummy candidates against the opponents, understating of the turnout and other manipulations,” says the MP.

If adopted, according to the bill № 2831-2 in the cities with the population of more than 90,000 there will be introduced a two-round system of mayors electing.

“Such a rule will allow electing for this important for the community position people who do possess the highest level of trust. And this will make the local authorities more legitimate in the legal sense,” said Yaroslav Markevych.

In addition, he says, the two-round elections of mayors in major cities are the chance for cities such as Kharkiv to legitimately substitute their pro-Russian governments.

Ярослав Маркевич
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