Why getting 2% at Ukraine's snap parliamentary elections is favourable for small parties

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Ukraine’s early parliamentary elections-2019 are held on a mixed system with a 5% barrier
09:30, 22 July 2019

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Ukraine’s early parliamentary elections-2019 are held on a mixed system with a 5% barrier. Political parties that gain from 2 to 5% of the vote would get state financing. And those parliamentary parties are entitled to reimbursement of campaign expenses.

Verkhovna Rada adopted the corresponding law No. 731-VIII in the fall of 2015. According to it, from the second half of 2016, political forces that have its factions in the parliament receive money for their activities and must report on the use of funds.

The price of the issue for the participants of the current races is 0.02 of the minimum salary level in the previous one with respect to payments this year for each voter vote. The minimum subsistence salary is 161 USD, that is, it is about 3,21 USD per vote.

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16 million 52 thousand 228 voters (almost 52%) took part in the last parliamentary elections. If we assume that the same number of people will vote this time, next year 51,9 million 718 USD would be spent on the political parties.

All this amount will be distributed among political forces who have the right to state financing in proportion to the support of voters.

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For example, if supported by 40% of voters, the party would receive 20,7 million USD in 2020, and if 2.1% voted for the political force, it will get 1,1million USD.

The parties will receive the right to obtain state financing when the new composition of the Verkhovna Rada meets for the first meeting. The money could be spent during a year, and if some funds remain, they should be returned to the state.

The parties that went to the Verkhovna Rada will receive the right to reimbursement of campaign expenses during the election campaign on the eve of elections.

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“The state pays a lot of money to the parties. I am convinced that the party can exist for these funds: maintain a central office, regional offices, conduct activities, publish party press, hold meetings with the voters, maintain analytical centers. It is all within the framework of state funding. In such a situation, any political party can say no to a representative of the oligarchic group who will try to promote their interests through the party, ”said Oleksiy Koshel, chairman of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine, in an interview with Radio Liberty.

He announces more realistic results of state funding of political parties for several election cycles.

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