17th Ukraine Breakfast Debate: Electoral reform in Ukraine: What changes and challenges does it provide for the upcoming local elections?
Friday, 6 March 2020
Registration, Coffee & Croissants:
From 8.30 a.m.
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Institut für Europäische Politik
Shortly before the parliamentary elections in Ukraine last year, the Verkhovna Rada voted for a new Electoral Code. This code introduces a comprehensive electoral reform and systematizes the rules for presidential, parliamentary, and local elections as has long been recommended by the Venice Commission. The code was finally adopted on 19 December 2019 after President Zeleskyy had returned it to Parliament for several amendments. Its key feature is the introduction of a proportional representation electoral system with so called ‘open lists’. It is expected that the new electoral system will help resist political corruption and will enhance intra-party competition. The upcoming local elections scheduled for 25 October 2020 will be the first test-drive for the new system.
We are therefore pleased to announce that the 17th Ukraine Breakfast Debate on “Electoral reform in Ukraine: What changes and challenges does it provide for the upcoming local elections” will take place on Friday, 6 March 2020. Together with our expert, Nazar Boyko, the director of CIFRA Monitoring-Analytics Group, Lviv, we will take a closer look at the reform strategies for the electoral system and discuss the following questions:
- What are the main features of the newly adopted electoral system?
- What concrete incentives does the new electoral system offer to parties, candidates, and voters on national and local levels?
- What advantages and disadvantages will the introduction of the new electoral system have for the 2020 local elections and how can it affect decentralization?
- Does the electoral reform provide effective and sustainable mechanisms to tackle political corruption and enhance democratic procedures?
This event is part of the new project “German Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN). GURN aims to establish a German-Ukrainian network for senior and junior researchers, strengthening expertise in the field of policy analysis and promoting joint research projects. GURN is conducted in close cooperation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv), the think tank development and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv), the New Europe Center (NEC, Kyiv), and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.
Please note that the event will be held in English.
Please register by 3 March 2020 via the following link.
Terms of participation
The number of seats is limited! After a successful registration and confirmation, participation is obligatory.
The event is held under Chatham House Rule. By registering, you acknowledge that the Chatham House Rule applies.
Please note that pictures will be taken during the event. By registering, you agree to their public release.
Should you have any questions, please contact Ljudmyla Melnyk via firstname.lastname@example.org or at 030 88 91 34 32.