Author: Olena Makarenko
Date of publication: 11/11/2017
Title: Why the Ukrainian parliament voted to change the election system against its own will
Short summary: The surprising adoption of a new electoral Code (in the first reading) which would limit “buying votes” was welcomed by the EU. The Delegation of the EU to Ukraine reminded that the election reform is a key element of the agenda of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU and expressed expectation that the work on the Election Code will be finished by the end of 2017, however author Olena Makarenko goes behind the scene to find out that the chances of the Code passing a second reading are small.