Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a law on local elections, which states that person has a right vote if belongs to the territorial community, and the place of his or her resident is registered. Also, a document that certifies the identity, proofs the citizenship and place of residence of the voter, is Ukrainian passport or a temporary certificate a citizen of Ukraine, as stated during the briefing of the human rights organizations.
Consequently, the IDPs, who currently live, for example, in Kiev, have an IDP certificate, do not have a stamp in the passport confirming the relevant registration, are not able to take part in the local elections, as explained the human rights activists.
The conference participants noted that the this law not only violates the rights of migrants, but also conflict with a number of other laws of Ukraine.
"This law has fused a lot of rules that are opposing to the Constitution of Ukraine. Article 70 of the Constitution describes the rules and conditions under which a citizen of Ukraine is deprived in the right to vote. It is a person who has not attained 18 years of age, is incapacitated person, or is not a citizen of Ukraine, "- said co-founder and coordinator of the "KrymSOS” initiative Tamila Tasheva.
"Many of these people will never return to those places living, from which they came and this means that they are already members of the communities, to which they moved. They have already moved to live here in Kyiv or any other city. But here we face the situation ,when the person legally exists, but he does not belong to any territorial community. We are talking about the territorial community, which is to be elected on the nearest elections,” says the chairman of the “VostokSOS” organization Oleksandra Dvoretska.
Human rights activists also note that if the IDP wants to take part in elections and is gets registered at the place of actual living, he automatically loses the status of IDP and all the IDPS’ provisions.