Sim­u­la­tion of change

Ukraine’s elec­tion sys­tem needs a se­ri­ous and ur­gent over­haul. The avail­able one is out­dated and not in line with the Con­sti­tu­tion. Yet, prospects of that re­form seem mea­gre in the near fu­ture

The Ukrainian Week - - POLITICS - Ro­man Malko

There is no short­age of bills that have been submitted to the Par­lia­ment and could in the­ory pro­vide the ba­sis for a new elec­tion law. At least two Elec­toral Codes and four bills propos­ing new mod­els of par­lia­men­tary elec­tions have been reg­is­tered. Ide­ally, it would help to set up the Elec­tion Code that would sum­marise all the elec­tion leg­is­la­tion and thus fi­nally make it sta­ble. This could change the prac­tice of chang­ing the laws be­fore ev­ery new vot­ing. This would also pro­vide a level play­ing field where no po­lit­i­cal force could amend laws to its own ben­e­fit when in power. The Venice Com­mis­sion, as well as all ob­ser­va­tion mis­sions, have long been ad­vis­ing this, but to no avail so far.

In gen­eral, the ar­ray of elec­tion bills submitted to Par­lia­ment is rather mot­ley. Some of them pro­pose pre­serv­ing the cur­rent elec­toral sys­tem. Oth-

How much longer? Ac­cord­ing to the Venice Com­mis­sion, a new elec­tion code should be passed at least a year be­fore the next elec­tion to make the im­ple­men­ta­tion smooth and sta­ble

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