Parliament supports Zelensky's draft bill on people's rule

Source : 112 Ukraine

The documents concerns rules of holding all-Ukrainian referendum, and issues that can and cannot be solved via the referendum
15:52, 18 June 2020

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The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's Parliament has supported draft law No.3612 "On People's Rule", filed by President Volodymyr Zelensky. 252 MPs voted "for", with 226 necessary to pass. The draft law has been approved as a basis.

According to the bill, what was agreed on during the referendum may be changed via the nationwide referendum - not sooner than three years since it was passed. No state authority should approve the referendum's results.

Members of the referendum will be able to discuss following issues: changes to certain chapters of the Basic Law (Chapters 1, 3 and 13 - basic provisions, elections and referendums, and changes to Constitution, respectively); an issue of nation-wide meaning; approval of the law about ratification of an international agreement that foresees changes of the territory of Ukraine; canceling a law or certain provision of this law.

At the same time, referendum may not consider issues that contradict provisions of Ukraine's basic law, general norms and principles of international law, human rights and respective international documents that regulate these rights; questions and actions aiming to destroy Ukraine's independence, violate state sovereignty and territorial integrity, create a threat to national security of Ukraine, promotion of ethnic, racial and religious enmity. The referendukm may not consider issues of taxation, budget and amnesty policy, and questions that are within the competence of law enforcement agencies, prosecutor's offices or courts.

Political parties and NGOs registered by the Central Election Committee of Ukraine can join the referendum. Digital voting procedure is supposed to be implemented; the hardest challenge here would be to provide personal data protection and to avoid any unauthorized interference during the online vorting process.

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