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 The available one is outdated and not in line with the Constitution.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
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