Adoption of law on parliamentary elections rather than electoral code would be better solution for Ukraine – Zelensky's adviser
The adoption of legislation on parliamentary elections would be a better and a simpler solution than the adoption of an electoral code in Ukraine, Dmytro Razumkov, an adviser to Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky, said on Monday.
"If we talk about a code, we could follow a different way now – we could consider a bill. Because, generally speaking, a code should embrace everything, including presidential elections, elections to the parliament, and local elections," Razumkov said in the Freedom of Speech talk show.
"We might not consider about 4,000 amendments but pass a bill. And so simplify the procedure, which would be desirable," he said.
The adoption of an electoral code was among the items of a coalition agreement, Razumkov said.
On November 7, 2017, the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada passed in the first reading a Ukrainian electoral code sponsored by a group of parliamentarians led by Speaker Andriy Parubiy.
The document envisions a system of open regional electoral tickets in parliamentary elections. It also sets a 4% election threshold.
The next elections to the Verkhovna Rada should be held in the fall of 2019.