According to the Ukrainian legislation, the electoral process of snap elections begins on the next day after the President’s decree on early termination of the mandate of Verkhovna Rada and appointment of the new elections is published. Therefore, the electoral process starts on May 24, without Central Commission making any decisions.
The representatives of the Commission noted that the body acts are based on the Constitution and law of Ukraine, which read that the Commission has no competence to decide whether President’s decrees are constitutional or unconstitutional. The body also has no right to appeal to the Constitutional Court.
“The Central Election Commission is ready to implement functions set by the law in terms of conduction of early elections on July 21, 2019. The Central Election Commission informed that the President, the Parliament, the political parties and candidates for the office of deputies who will participate in the elections have to realize their responsibility for the legitimacy of all the electoral process and its result,” the message reads.
The representatives of the establishment reminded that there were some questions which require additional regulation by the law. In particular, the law “On election of Ukraine’s MPs” has old statements which do not comply with other existing laws, unresolved provisions and provisions without implementation mechanism.
Besides, the legislation on public procurement does not consider the fleetness of the electoral process of the snap elections which in this case will last for 58 days.
“We stress that the terms and order of public procurement exceed the terms of the electoral process which might make it impossible to carry out the procedures, in particular: to provide production of ballots; to produce and deliver forms and protocols on vote counts, acts and other documents; to transport protocols on vote counts and other election documentation from the precinct and district election commissions; to make informational posters of the political parties; to publish the information of the Central Election Commission and District Election Commission in the regional or local media about the list of the constituencies, formation of the District Election Commission and other precinct election commissions and changes in their composition; to implement the right for agitation in print and e-media for the means from the state budget within the terms set by the law,” the message reads.
Therefore, Central Election Commission expects the President, the Verkhovna Rada and Cabinet of Ministers to immediately make respective decisions to allow conduction of snap elections to the Parliament on July 21 in compliance with Ukraine’s laws.