Verkhovna Rada adopts amendments to Law on Presidential Elections
On 3 February, just four days before Election Day, a law has been passed with a number of amendments to the Law on the Presidential Elections. The main change is that the requirement for a quorum of two thirds of the members of an electoral commission has been dropped.
The law received 233 votes (the minimum being 226) with most of these coming from the Party of the Regions (172 votes).
According to the amendments, a member of an electoral commission can be dismissed only if immediately replaced by another member proposed by a local council and appointed by a commission of higher level.
Article 85 has been supplemented with a clause saying that if a presidential candidate has not submitted the specified number of nominees for an electoral commission on time, the Central Election Commission shall do this by seeking proposals from the head of the regional council.
Also where a presidential candidate has “not 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.”