Continued calls for National Referendum Law reform
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Center of Policy and Legal Reform (CPLR) express serious concern over Ukraine’s current National Referendum Law - a law that is not consistent with international standards or good practice and poses a serious threat to democracy in Ukraine, and have outlined their recommendations in a Statement.
After the Revolution of Dignity, the newly elected Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has failed to repeal the undemocratic and unconstitutional National Referendum Law. While a constitutional petition seeking to recognize the Law as unconstitutional was filed almost three years ago, a decision on this case is still pending. Therefore, IFES and CPLR underline the importance of addressing the following recommendations that were backed by 27 civil society organizations and stemming from the 2016 Save Referendum Forum’s Statement:
- The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to repeal the National Referendum Law of November 6, 2012, and to adopt a new National Referendum Law. This new Law should be based on the Draft Law No 2145a and comply with the Constitution of Ukraine, international standards and good practice in the field of referendums.
- The Constitutional Court of Ukraine to accelerate consideration and adoption of a decision on the unconstitutionality of the 2012 National Referendum Law.
- The President of Ukraine to clarify his official position with respect to the National Referendum Law and ways, terms and mechanisms to bring the National Referendum Law in compliance with the Constitution of Ukraine, international standards and good practice.