Ukraine's parliament passes revised Electoral Code
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has passed the Electoral Code, taking into account the president's proposals.
Relevant document No. 0978 was backed by 330 lawmakers, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The proposals stipulate that national elections can be held simultaneously with a local referendum, early, re-run, midterm, first, and additional local elections.
At the same time, regular and early national elections cannot be held simultaneously with a national referendum, other regular or early national elections, and regular local elections.
It says the right to vote in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is granted to voters residing in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
According to the Electoral Code, voters residing in a region have the right to vote in the elections of members of a regional council, and voters who belong to the territorial community of the relevant settlement and living in the territory of the relevant city's district have the right to vote in the elections of members of the district council.
Citizens' affiliation with the relevant territorial community and their residence in the corresponding territory are determined by their election address (except as provided by law).
Supervision of compliance with the requirements of the Code regarding the participation of the media and news agencies in the information support of elections, as well as during the election campaign, including on the Internet, is carried out by the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine.
The publication of results of a public opinion poll related to the election should mention the customer of the survey.
The Code bars foreigners and stateless persons from participation in an election campaign, including through journalistic activities or in the form of participation in concerts, performances, sports competitions, other public events held in support of or with the support of the candidate(s) or a nominee. Executive authorities, authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and local authorities, law enforcement agencies and courts, their officials during working hours (except if such a person is a candidate in the relevant elections), members of election commissions while performing their duties are also not allowed to campaign.
The Code does not allow election campaigning in foreign media operating on the territory of Ukraine. The production and distribution of printed campaign materials that do not contain information about a printing house that printed, circulated them and information about the persons responsible for the release, and about the customer who paid for such materials are not allowed.
The election fund of a candidate for the presidency of Ukraine has one accumulation bank account, which receives funds for financing the election campaign, as well as current accounts from which the financing of expenses for the election campaign is carried out. Funds are transferred to current accounts exclusively from the accumulation account of the candidate's election fund.
The election funds of candidates for the presidency are controlled by the Central Election Commission, the National Agency on Corruption Prevention and a bank, where the election fund account is open, no later than 83 days before the election day.
The nomination of presidential candidates by parties and self-nomination begins on the first day of the election process and ends 55 before Election Day.
The right to nominate candidates for legislatures is exercised by voters through parties.
A party may nominate a person who is a member of this party or a non-partisan person.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada on July 11 passed a new Electoral Code.
The code combines five existing laws – on parliamentary elections, on presidential elections, on local elections, on the Central Election Commission, and on the Unified State Register of Voters.
The president vetoed the document and returned it with his proposals on September 13, 2019.