“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you,” said Pericles, a prominent statesman and ruler of ancient Athens. Last week, Ukrainian CSOs were massively involved in international, national and regional political agenda providing their expertise and recommendations to the state and local powers, proving once again that Ukrainians have their say when it comes to important issues.
In this issue of Highlights, we bring you a summary of the local elections, forecasts of Ukraine-US relations after the Presidential elections and further developments around the Constitutional Court crisis.
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What do you talk about when getting together with friends? If your answer is politics, then you are probably one of the 66.7% of Ukrainians who do not mind discussing political news with their friends. This is evidenced by data from the World Values Survey, which also showed that almost a third of Ukrainians are actively interested in politics.
However, the results of our Civic Engagement Poll showed that despite their high interest, citizens remain less involved in political life. Thus, the most popular forms of democratic participation are work in community committees (8.4%), participation in public hearings (6.7%) and peaceful assemblies (6.2%). At the same time, only 2.2% of citizens participate in the activities of political parties. But there’s still room for optimism, as almost half of Ukrainians (47.2%) believe that reforms can gradually change the situation in the country.
So, stay active and engage in the life of your communities!
CHESNO Analyzes the Outcomes of the Local Elections
CHESNO Movement released a series of articles, which analyze the outcomes of the local elections and the activity of the candidates. If you wonder how many candidates of Kyiv City Council did not disclose the information on their election funds, what violations took place during the campaign on the election day and during the votes count, and how many women were elected to the Lviv City Council after the introduction of the gender quota, – follow the links and analyze the current situation together with CHESNO.
Centre UA Analyzes Initiatives to Resolve Constitutional Crisis
Centre UA released their weekly digest on Parliament’s agenda, which detailed the draft bills for the state budget 2021, parliamentary oversight over government institutions, and new proceedings in the decentralization reform. Another paper analyzed five legislative initiatives proposed by the President and MPs aiming at resolving the Constitutional Court crisis. Center UA offered its own algorithm to resolve the legal dilemma. For more details follow the links.
New Europe Center Considers Ukraine’s Strategy Towards the USA After the Presidential Election
On November 04, New Europe Center held an offline event “What Should be Ukraine’s Strategy Towards the United States after the Presidential Election?” to present three papers that deal with the post-electoral prospects in Ukraine-US relations. The first one called “Ukrainian Profile of Joe Biden and Donald Trump” draws a forecast on policy and attitude towards Ukraine after the Presidential elections in the US.
A policy memo “Whatever His Name. 6 Things Which will Remain Unchanged for Ukraine after the U.S. Presidential Election” deals with the issues which will not change in bilateral Ukraine-US relations after the Presidential elections in the US, and include the recommendations for the Ukrainian authorities on how to further develop the relations with the world`s advanced country. The last paper presents the comments of American Experts considering the future of Ukraine after the US election.
School for Policy Analysis Summed Up the Results of Local Elections in the Regions of Ukraine
On November 10, the School for Policy Analysis together with Election Council UA and representatives of the Regional Election Councils from Dnipro, Zaporizhia, Odesa, and Kharkiv held a round table “Local Elections in the Regions: Results, Conclusions, and Lessons for the Future.” At the event, participants discussed the trends and surprises of 2020 local elections results, the openness of parties to public discussions, their level of preparation, and the new system of electoral process organization.
In Zaporizhzhia, Activists Raise Awareness of Powers of Local Authorities
Last week, Zaporizhzhia Investigations Centre released two materials considering local election and authorities. The first publication reveals the competencies of the local authorities in solving the environmental problems of Zaporizhzhia and encourages the citizens to monitor and control the promises of the deputies. Another article describes the new procedures of voting and announcing the winner at the local elections. Click the links to read the full materials.
In Rivne, CSO Representatives and Mayor Candidates Identified Priority for City Reforms
On November 9, representatives of the Rivne Reform Council held a meeting with the candidates running for mayor. During the event, the participants presented the work of the expert community on the priorities and activities that the Rivne City Council of the VIII convocation must carry out. These activities will implement primary changes in seven areas of the city life. The candidates also publicly signed the Declaration of Support.
Civil Society News
Parliament Passed the Bill on Anti-Corruption Strategy
On November 05, MPs adopted the bill on Anti-Corruption Strategy 2020-2024 in the first reading. This strategy is one of the main framework documents in the field of combating and preventing corruption which was elaborated in the cooperation of state authorities and civil society organizations. The Anti-Corruption Strategy 2020-2024 covers 8 priorities: court, prosecutor’s office, police; state regulation of economy; public and private sectors of the economy; taxes and customs; land and infrastructure; defense sector; health and social protection; a system of prevention and combating corruption.
In Kyiv, Activists Organized a Rally to the House of the CCU Chairman
On November 07, Anti-Corruption Action Center together with Automaidan held a street action “Car Race to the House of the Head of the CCU: Tupytskyi – Go to Rostov!”. Almost 30 cars proceeded from Kyiv to the suburban Vasylkiv to demand the resignation of Oleksandr Tupytskyi, the chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.
Central Election Commission Launches a Chatbot to Follow Elections Results
The Central Election Commission of Ukraine launched a chatbot to find the election results in every city or village in Ukraine. The bot is available on Telegram and Facebook Messenger. The data on election results are updated daily. Follow the link to test the bot!
CSO Invites Ukrainians to Participate in a Focus Group on Electoral Rights
Civil holding GROUP OF INFLUENCE in partnership with Socioinform research center invites internally displaced persons, migrant workers, people who do not live at the place of registration to participate in online focus groups. The topic of the research is voting rights and the procedure of changing the electoral address. Participation in the survey is confidential and provides a reward. The scheduled dates of the focus groups are November 14 and 15.