Nomination of candidates to deputies of local councils And for the posts of village, settlement, city mayors And headmen begins in the electoral campaign for local elections to be held on October 25.
The electoral campaign started on the 5th of September. The results of the local elections must be defined prior to 4 November And released to the public for five days. It was planned that local authorities will be elected for a term of two years. In October 2017 will be held fresh Elections, And there already elected for four years, the local authority will receive a fresh range of possibilities.
The first Parliament of Ukraine adopted the law that defines the rules for local elections. Now the oblast, city And district councils will be elected by proportional representation With the So-called open lists, and the Election of people's deputies of village And settlement councils - the majority system of relative majority. In the election will not be eligible blocks of political parties and the electoral threshold for parties increased From 3% to 5%.
in the So-called transitional (additional) provisions of the act stipulates that regular Elections to local government bodies in Crimea And Sevastopol, which in Kiev is still considered Ukrainian territory, and likewise in the Donetsk And Lugansk regions, on which Kiev conducts a military special operation is not carried out.
All major political parties of Ukraine have already announced their participation in local elections. From Monday until September 30, political forces can nominate candidates. Starting from the next day after registration, each candidate may officially begin campaigning. Registration of candidates for local election commissions will End on 1 October, to refuse to participate in elections the candidate will be able to 5 October.
The campaign will last about one month And will End at midnight on 24 September in the So-called " day of silence ": any Agitation on the last day before the vote will be banned. In the framework of the campaign, candidates And parties will be able to inform voters about their programs by all lawful ways: advertising, through their agents And in the designated time in the state media. The CEC will be to keep control of the legality of this process.
Despite the fact that the Nomination of candidates officially just begun, already known main contenders for the post of the mayor of the Ukrainian capital. So, from the Pro-presidential Bloc Petro Poroshenko's Solidarity will be nominated by the current mayor Vitaly Klitschko. In the race for the seat of the head of the city will Also be participating in the associate of the Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky Gennady Korban from the party of Ukrainian Union of patriots (DILL), owner of several restaurants of Kiev Sergey Gusovsky from the party " Samopomich ". The opposition bloc will be the head of the Kiev branch Alexander Puzanov. Also for the post of head of the Kiev once again will fight ex-mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko (1996-2006).
analysis of the Ukrainian authorities to observe the elections coming up to 700 foreign observers, their Registration with the CEC will End on October 19. As of 16 Commission registered 31 international observer.
"Yes, it's not literally a common practice for the European Parliament to send observers to the local Elections. But taking into consideration the current situation in your country, we will go to this. And, I think it will be justified ", - said the head of the EU delegation in Ukraine Jan Tombinski.
The question of holding elections in the Donbas has become one of the most debated in the election campaign. Elections in the region will be held only on parts of the territories controlled by Kiev. The authorities have many times stated that the Elections in some areas of Donbass, controlled by militias, will take place only after the cessation of hostilities And the withdrawal of the " occupation forces ".
The CEC has identified the Kiev-controlled areas of Donbass, where Elections are not held because of their proximity to the line of contact With the militia. According To the CEC decision will not be 31 elected local Council in Novoaydar, Papanasam And Stanichno-Lugansk districts of Luhansk region. In addition, Elections are not held in 91 local Council in Artemivsk, Volnovakha, Volodarsky, Konstantin, Maryino, Starobeshevo, Yasynuvata in the Donetsk region And in the cities of Avdiivka, Donetsk, Gorlovka, Debaltsevo, Dzerzhinsk, Dokuchayevsk And Konstantinovka.
for its part in the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic announced the holding of local elections on October 18, September 19 and began receiving documents from candidates for the posts of heads of cities And districts. The head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko have said before, that Donetsk And Lugansk are obliged to refrain from conducting their own elections, And tried to convince them to immediately begin discussions on the modalities of their conduct according to the Ukrainian laws. The authorities DND AND LNR many times stated about the conduct of local elections regardless of the wishes of Kiev. Moscow considers the decision of the authorities of the self-proclaimed DNR in local elections as a necessary step in response to violations of the Minsk agreements from Kiev.