Council of Europe asks Ukraine to provide electoral right for IDPs

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Spokesperson of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe urged to vote for the bill No.6240
11:41, 1 March 2019

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Ukraine’s authorities have to provide the right for internally displaced people from uncontrolled Donbas regions and occupied Donbas to participate in the elections, EU Integration reported.

“The Congress reporters urge the Ukrainian authorities to take necessary legislative measures, in particular in terms of the next local elections in 2020, to provide the right to vote for the IDPs,” the news agency wrote, referring to the press service of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

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It was noted that Ukraine’s Parliament should pass the law No.6240 in order "to remove the existing barriers for IDPs' full participation in the elections in compliance with international standards”.  

“The long-awaited adoption of this draft law would make it easier for the voters to register, it would let all the Ukrainians register for voting at their actual place of residence,” the news agency cites the Congress reporters.

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In addition, there is a need to provide better voter education and information for IDPs ensuring, qualified voters lists and preparation of the electoral bodies.

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