Ukraine's parliament to gather for special meeting on May 22 to amend election law
Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy has called a special parliament meeting for May 22.
The announcement of the event is on the agenda of the parliament's website.
"The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada has issued a resolution to convene an extraordinary plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada at 12:00 Kyiv time on May 22, 2019," the announcement said.
On Twitter, Parubiy also shared a photocopy of a request he received from President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky for holding such a meeting, as well as a photocopy of the resolution.
In keeping with the agenda, lawmakers will consider amendments to the Law on the Election of Members of Parliament of Ukraine and the Law on Public Procurement.
On May 21, Zelensky held consultations with leaders of the parliament and its factions and groups. They discussed whether amending the electoral legislation within such a short period before the elections would be expedient. In particular, head of the Central Election Commission Tetiana Slipachuk recalled that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) whose standards Ukraine must observe recommends that OSCE member states should not change their electoral legislation 12 months before the elections.