In their post-election agreement, Ukraine’s coalition parties committed to reforming local election legislation in the first half of 2015, ahead of local elections that are due in October 2015 according to the constitution. Parliament is racing to get new legislation passed before the end of the current parliamentary session in July. These reforms are complicated by the parallel process of constitutional reforms in which decentralisation figures prominently. The two reforms need to be aligned.
In this briefing paper, DRI takes stock of the current debates and legislative initiatives on the local election law reform.