Today, 25 October, in Ukraine elections are held of deputies of local councils, city mayors and chairmen of village councils. Ukrainians elect deputies of 10.7 thousand local councils.
This-year local voting is organized under the new election system of so-called “open lists”. While voting for local deputy, citizens simultaneously vote for party he is representing. In consequence, local representative bodies are formed according to the share of votes, which political parties receive, and those party candidates pass who have received comparatively bigger number of votes. Elections of mayors of big cities (with more than 100 thousand inhabitants) are organized in two rounds.
According to the law passed on July 14, 2015, elections do not take place in Crimea, Sevastopol and some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, actually not controlled by Ukraine, as well as government-controlled territories close to the contact line. Also, elections won’t be held to Donetsk and Luhansk regional councils.
The next local elections are to take place in October, 2017 - in case amendments to the Constitution and the reform of administrative-territorial structure take place.
On these elections, near 1 million people, internally displaced from Crimea and war-torn Donbas, are spared of right to vote.
Previous nationwide local elections were held on October 31, 2010.