Early elections would be the defeat of Ukrainian democratic system, Oleh Bereziuk

Oleh Bereziuk, leader of the “Samopomich Union” faction, commented on the advisability of the fall elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in “Evening Prime” program on channel “112”. According to the MP, re-elections in the next two or three years will destabilize the situation in the country.

“Holding elections this year will be the defeat of Ukrainian democratic system and the state as a whole,” Oleh Bereziuk declared. “Today, Ukraine’s enemies want elections to be constantly taking place in the state. But for the sake of stability in the country there should be no elections for other two or three years. That will be beneficial for the social and economic development of the state.”

The danger lies not only in destabilization of the situation in the country, but also in the simultaneous holding of elections in the temporarily occupied territories. The MP also emphasized the fact that the president of the United States would be elected at the same time, and the US is Ukraine’s partner country in the negotiations with Russia. The absence of an elected state leader threatens the support for Ukraine on the world stage in the case of further escalation of the conflict in the east.

“Another negative consequence of this year’s elections is possible remaining of the oligarchic system’s representatives in power,” Oleh Bereziuk warns. “At present, since parliamentary elections are held on the basis of a mixed system, there are opportunities to manipulate and bribe voters at majority constituencies. At the same time, the electoral bill offered by “Samopomich” Union provides for a proportional system with open lists. Adoption of this bill will make impossible any abuses in the constituencies and will also let held elections in the constitutionally defined terms, because the political forces need to prepare for a new electoral system.”

“Holding elections under the existing law will lead to the oligarch’s power rooting in the country,” the MP is convinced. “The result of such kind of governance is the today’s war, economic collapse, and 50% of households which are going to receive assistance from the state in September – that means they are on verge of poverty. This is the result of a decade of the oligarchic rule in our country.”

The absence of a new composition of the Central Election Commission hinders transparent elections as well. The term of office of 12 out of the 15 members of the CEC has expired back in 2015; however, a new composition still has not been elected. It is expected that the CEC composition, which has remained unchanged since the “pre-Maidan” time, is to be renewed today in the Verkhovna Rada.

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