Programme in Ukraine
Reform of the electoral practice
In Ukraine, the Council of Europe implements a three-year project “Reform of the electoral practice in Ukraine”. The project is a part of the Action Plan for Ukraine for 2015–2017 which is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the Ukrainian authorities and approved by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 21 January 2015. The Action Plan aims to support Ukraine in fulfilling its statutory and specific obligations as a Council of Europe member state and to contribute towards addressing fundamental issues of human rights and rule of law.
What are the project objectives?
The overall objective is to improve the integrity, transparency and quality of the electoral process both nationally and locally.
The specific objectives are:
- preventing of vote-buying and other types of electoral fraud by applying effective mechanisms of accountability;
- ensuring equal treatment of contestants through a more transparent and accountable system of party and campaign finance;
- increasing the capacities of electoral stakeholders to carry out elections by implementing at least 50% of recommendations of international and domestic election observers;
- increasing women’s political participation by enhancing women’s capacities to engage as candidates and elected officials.
Who are our partners?
The main partner of the project is the Central Election Commission of Ukraine. The Project also cooperates with the High Administrative Court of Ukraine, the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine, the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Ukrainian National Bar Association, all-Ukrainian civil society organizations monitoring the election process and other civil society organisations.
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Political parties financing in Ukraine
Impressions from the regional conference on “Women’s political representation in the Eastern Partnership countries – regional study and exchange of information” organised by the Council of Europe and Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, 1 December 2016