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Medvedchuk: Proportional election system with open-lists is fair and objective

The chairman of the political council of Opposition Platform - For Life Viktor Medvedchuk noted that many countries conduct elections through a proportional system
19:25, 3 April 2019

Viktor Medvedchuk
112.ua

Election through a proportional system with open lists is fair and objective. The chairman of the political council of Opposition Platform - For Life Viktor Medvedchuk said this on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“If we are talking about the electoral system for parliamentary elections, then, of course, we have long known that this should be a proportional system. Moreover, Ukraine made a legislative decision in 2004 when elections to both in Verkhovna Rada and local councils were conducted through proportional system. It was a correct step of the government at the time and it proved its righteousness. However, later the government returned to the mixed-member proportional representation, as it can influence the elections by the majority system. It returned to mixed system 50/50, where some lawmakers are elected by party lists and some - by majority districts. This is an improper system, it does not allow politically structuring the society, it does not allow us to fully objectively express the requirements of citizens who put trust in one or another political force or that politician. It is necessary to change this, but this year it is impossible, because the authorities have a different position. And today there is no time left to prepare these changes by October. This is a narrow interest of the authorities,” he said.

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He also noted that many countries, including European ones conduct election through a proportional system with open lists.

“I am afraid that any other authorities that come will also practice principles, when they see only their beloved selves in power, and therefore they seek for ways to get it easier. This is the worst thing for the electoral system in Ukraine and we have to end this. Electing through a proportional system with open lists is fair and objective. This is proved by many countries, including European ones, to which look up and according to principles of which we are building democracy in Ukraine today,” Medvedchuk added.

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