11th hour election law changes?
The Verkhovna Rada has adopted as a base a draft law on amendments to the Law on the Presidential elections (regarding the organization of the work of electoral commissions). The draft law (№6004 ) proposes removing paragraph four of Article 28 which says that for a meeting of an electoral commission to take place there must be a quorum of at least two thirds of the members.
The draft law also proposes supplementing Article 85 with a new paragraph regulating the formation of electoral commissions where presidential candidates have not put forward their candidates to serve on the commission. “in the event that an electoral commission is inactive, a higher level commission has the right to take decisions on the merits of the question within the competence of the lower level commission. On Election Day such issues are considered by the higher level commission without delay.”
Also “should a presidential candidate not have taken the opportunity of submitting the established number of candidates for members in the relevant district electoral commission within the timeframe stipulated in paragraph six of this Article, the Central Election Commission shall organize the makeup of the district electoral commission according to the number stipulated in paragraph five of this Article, on the application of the Head of the relevant regional council. Should a presidential candidate not have taken the opportunity of submitting the established number of candidates for members in the relevant precinct electoral commission within the timeframe set out in paragraph nine of this Article, the district electoral commission shall form the makeup of the precinct electoral commission according to the number stipulated in paragraph eight of this Article, on the application of the Mayor, Head of the district council or council of a city district.”
The National Deputies did not however adopt a decision about a simplified procedure of voting for the bill at second reading scheduled for 2 February.