Bill No. 3612 on the national referendum, which was tabled by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in parliament, provides for online voting and the expression of the nation's will on four subjects.
The wording of the bill and the enclosed explanatory note are available on the Ukrainian parliament's website.
According to the bill, the following issues could be a subject of a national referendum:
- Approval of the law on amendments to sections I, III, XIII of the Constitution of Ukraine (the general provisions, elections and the referendum itself, as well as justice – 38 articles in total);
- A matter of national importance;
- An issue concerning change in the territory of Ukraine;
- The expiration of a law of Ukraine or its individual provision.
A national referendum is not to address bills concerning taxes, the budget, and amnesty.
The draft law expands the range of parties to the referendum process that are registered by the Central Election Commission (CEC) as supporters or opponents of an issue to be voted by referendum nationwide.
These are both political parties and non-governmental organizations that are registered by the CEC in accordance with the procedure.
The bill also determines the possibility of introducing electronic procedures for organizing and conducting a nationwide referendum, including electronic voting.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Zelensky tabled the No. 3612 bill on the national referendum in parliament on June 9.