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Ukraine's parliament registers bill on local referendum

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has registered a bill No. 5512 on a local referendum
14:18, 19 May 2021

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has registered a bill No. 5512 on a local referendum. This is evidenced by the data on the website of the parliament.

The text of the document is not yet on the Rada's website, but the Verkhovna Rada's representative in the Constitutional Court, Olha Sovhyrya, named the main innovations of the project on her Telegram page.

According to the document, a local referendum is defined as a form of independent resolution by a territorial community of issues of local significance by direct voting.

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The subject of the local referendum is issues of local importance, including those related to the organization of the territorial community (for example, approval of the charter of the territorial community or changes to it, early termination of powers of village, town, city mayor, etc.).

At the same time, issues that contradict the Constitution of Ukraine or do not relate to the powers of local authorities (for example, aimed at inciting interethnic, racial, religious enmity, the issue of local budgets and tariffs for housing and communal services, etc.) cannot be put to the vote.

A local referendum may be initiated by: 1) a territorial community (at least 10% of voters); 2) village, settlement, city council; 3) village, settlement, city mayor.

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Only one question can be put to a local referendum, and this question must be answered clearly - "yes" or "no". The decision of the local referendum on the issue of the local referendum is considered adopted if the majority of voters voted "yes" to it during the voting.

Adult citizens of Ukraine whose electoral address belongs to the territory of this community will be able to take part in the local referendum. A military serviceman, a citizen of Ukraine living abroad, a citizen of Ukraine who is sentenced to imprisonment by a court sentence shall be deemed not to belong to any territorial community.

Meanwhile, MP Andriy Aksyonov, elected in the parliamentary by-elections in constituency No. 50, has taken the oath in the Verkhovna Rada.

During his oath, shouts of "Disgrace" were heard in the hall.

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