| In English
Viche 2014 22

22, 2014

Reform of Legislation on Elections of the Peoples Deputies of Ukraine as a Priority Area of the Parliaments Activities

Problems of reform of the current legislation on elections of the peoples deputies of Ukraine to have taken place in 2014 are explored. Axiological aspects of elections as a fundamental form of direct popular rule are studied. Traditional and new approaches to determination of nature and content of the elections, electoral systems, electoral process and its specific procedures are discovered.
Legislative initiatives which are aimed at improving the current Law of Ukraine On Elections of the Peoples Deputies of Ukraine and were proposed to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine from June until August 2014 are analyzed and systematized. Key aspects of the draft laws concerning regulatory legal provisions that need to be immediataly transformed taking into consideration current social and political trends are determined. Legislative innovations to be considered by the newly elected Parliament while reforming current electoral laws of Ukraine are distinguished.
Keywords: elections, electoral system, electoral process, electoral legislation, elections of the peoples deputies of Ukraine.


1. Konstytutsiia Ukrainy: Zakon Ukrainy No. 254/96­VR vid 28 chervnia 1996 roku z zminamy, vnesenymy zhidno iz zakonamy No. 2222­IV vid 8 grudnia 2004 roku, No. 2952­VI vid 1 liutoho 2011 roku, No. 586­VII vid 19 veresnia 2013 roku, No. 742­VII vid 21 liutoho 2014 roku [The Constitution of Ukraine: Law of Ukraine No. 254/96­VR, 28 June 1996, as revised by laws No. 2222­IV, 8 December 2004; No. 2952­VI, 1 February 2011; No. 586­VII, 19 September 2013; No. 742­VII, 21 February 2014]. Available at: <http://zakon4.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/254%D0%BA/96­%D0%B2%D1%80>

2. Pro vybory narodnykh deputativ Ukrainy: Zakon Ukrainy No. 4061­VI vid 17 lystopada 2011 roku [On Elections of the Peoples Deputies of Ukraine: Law of Ukraine No. 4061­VI, 17 November 2011] (2011), Ofitsiiny visnyk Ukrainy 97: 3526.

3. Pro ochyshchennia vlady: Proekt Zakonu Ukrainy No. 4359 vid 24 lypnia 2014 roku [On Cleansing amongst the Authorities: Draft Law of Ukraine No. 4359, 24 July 2014]. Available at: <http://w1.c1.rada.gov.ua/pls/zweb2/webproc4_1?pf3511=51795>

4. Vetsko I. (2014) Mazhoritarnaia nota [Majority note], Korrespondent 32: 8­11.

5. Ievropeisky democratychny dorobok u galuzi vyborchoho prava: Materaly Venetsanskoi komsi, Parlamentskoi Asamblei, Komtetu Mnstrv, Congresu mstsevykh i rehonalykh vlad Rady Ievropy [European democratic practice in the field of electoral law: Proceedings of the Venice Commission, the Parliamentary Assembly, the Committee of Ministers, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe]: trans. from English: 2nd ed. (2009), Kliuchkovsky I. (ed.). Kyiv: Lohos.

6. Kliuchkovsky I. B. (2011) Vyborchi systemy ta ukrainske vyborche zakonodavstvo: Monohrafiia [Electoral systems and the Ukrainian electoral law: Monograph]. Kyiv: Chas Druku.

7. Naiiem M. Francis Fukuyama: Putin robyt rivno te same, shcho robyv Hitler [Francis Fukuyama: Putin is doing exactly the same thing as Hitler did], 27 August 2014. Available at: <http://www.pravda.com.ua/articles/2014/08/27/7035903/>

8. Held D. (2014) Modeli demokratii. Tretie izdaniie [Models of democracy. Third edition], trans. from English by M. Rudakov. oscow: Izdatelskii dom Delo RANKHiGS.