Committee of voters of Ukraine proposes to allow IDPs from antiterrorist operation zone to participate in local elections

Committee of voters of Ukraine proposes to allow IDPs from antiterrorist operation zone to participate in local elections. This was stated by Director General of CVU Oleksiy Koshel during a press conference "Which law will be used to elect local authorities. Main risks for elections 2015".

According to him it is necessary to adopt one-time law on elections of Donetsk and Luhansk oblast councils. He also emphasized, that special precincts for IDPs where they could vote should be created in all oblasts. For example, 3-4 precincts should be created in Zhytomyr oblast where there are about 9 thousand IDPs, 30-40 precincts should be created in Kyiv and Kyiv oblast where there are more than 130 thousand IDPs. Most precincts should be created on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts under control of Ukrainian authorities where there are about half of all IDPs.

Oleksiy Koshel also said that elections of Donetsk and Luhansk oblast councils should be conducted according to proportional system with closed lists. Exactly this electoral system doesn’t provide creation of electoral districts and therefore can be used for the current situation.

CVU believes that such legislative changes will allow about 1 million Ukrainian citizens to vote and will allow establishing legitimate local authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

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