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THE LAW OF UKRAINE On Election of the People’s Deputies of Ukraine


 
This unofficial translation was prepared by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Ukraine Electoral Law 
Reform Program.
THE LAW OF UKRAINE 
On Election of the People’s Deputies of Ukraine
[Law of Ukraine No. 4061-VI, Enacted November 17, 2011]
Chapter I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1. Basic Principles of Elections of Members of Parliament of Ukraine
1. The People’s Deputies of Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as “MPs”) shall 
be elected by citizens of Ukraine on the basis of universal,  equal and direct 
suffrage by secret voting. 
2. The quantitative composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is 450 
MPs. 
3. The election of MPs shall be conducted on the basis of  a  mixed 
(proportional-majority) electoral system:
1) 225 MPs shall be elected on the basis of  a  proportional system in a 
nationwide multi-member  election district (hereinafter,  nationwide 
election district)  under electoral lists of MP candidates (hereinafter, 
electoral lists) from political parties (hereinafter, parties); 
2) 225 MPs shall be elected on the basis of a simple majority system in 
single-mandate election districts (hereinafter, single-mandate election 
districts).
Article 2. Universal Suffrage 
1.  Elections in Ukraine shall be based on universal suffrage. The right to 
vote in an  election of MPs  may be exercised by Ukrainian citizens who are 
eighteen years old on the day of voting. Ukrainian citizens who have the right to 
vote shall be the voters.2
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Law Reform Program.
2. A voter may exercise his or her right to vote in the election, provided that 
he or she is included in the voter list for the respective election precinct.
3. The documents that identify a voter and his or her Ukrainian citizenship in 
an election of MPs shall be: 
1) a passport of a citizen of Ukraine;
2) a  temporary certificate of Ukrainian Citizenship  (for persons who 
were recently granted citizenship); 
3) a card (certificate) of a penitentiary institution or a pretrial detention 
center,  that must contain: the voter’s  last name, first name, 
patronymic,  date of birth,  citizenship,  photograph, the  director’s 
signature and the institution’s seal (for persons who are detained in 
penitentiary institutions or pretrial detention centers); 
4) a passport of a citizen of Ukraine for traveling abroad; 
5) a diplomatic passport; 
6) a service passport;
7) a military service record card (exclusively for military conscripts).
4. The documents specified in clauses 1, 2, and 7 of Part three of this Article 
shall be the basis for obtaining a ballot paper in both regular and special election 
precincts. 
5. The document mentioned in clause 3 of Part three of this Article shall be 
the basis for obtaining a ballot paper and can be used in a special election precinct 
established in the respective penitentiary institution or pretrial detention center. 
6. The documents specified in clauses 4 – 6 of Part three of this Article shall 
be the basis for obtaining a ballot paper and can be used in out-of-country election 
precincts  and special election precincts established on ships sailing under the 
National Flag of Ukraine,  as well as at Ukraine’s polar station.  A passport of a 
citizen of Ukraine may serve as the basis for obtaining a ballot paper in  out-ofcountry election precincts created in countries that citizens of Ukraine may visit on 
the basis of their passports.
7. Citizens of Ukraine who have the right to vote may participate in the work 
of election commissions as members,  in election campaigning,  in observing the 3
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conduct of the election of MPs, and in other activities in accordance with the 
procedures set forth by this Law and other Laws of Ukraine. 
8. Any direct or indirect privileges or restrictions  on the electoral rights of 
Ukrainian citizens based on race,  color of skin,  political,  religious and other 
beliefs, sex, ethnic and social origin, material status, place of residence, language 
or other grounds shall be prohibited. Restrictions on the participation of Ukrainian 
citizens in the election process, except those provided for by  the Constitution of 
Ukraine and this Law, shall not be allowed.
9. A citizen who has been declared incompetent by a court shall not have the 
right to vote.
Article 3. Equal Suffrage
1. Elections in Ukraine shall be based on equal suffrage: Ukrainian citizens 
shall participate in the election of the MPs on an equal basis. 
2. Each voter shall have one vote in a single-mandate election district and 
one vote in the nationwide election district. A voter may exercise his or her right to 
vote only at one election precinct where he or she is included in the voter list. A 
voter shall exercise his or her right to vote in an election according to the 
procedures set forth by this Law. 
3.  All candidates for People’s Deputy of Ukraine (hereinafter,  MP 
candidates) shall have equal rights and opportunities to participate in the  election 
process.
4.  All parties that are electoral subjects shall have equal rights and 
opportunities to participate in the  election process in accordance with the 
procedures and within the limits prescribed by this Law.
5. In terms of participation in the election process, the equality of rights and 
opportunities of both candidates and parties that are electoral subjects shall be 
ensured through:4
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1) prohibition of candidates’ privileges or restrictions based on race, 
color of skin,  political,  religious and other beliefs,  sex,  ethnic and 
social origin,  material status,  place of residence,  language or other 
grounds; 
2) prohibition of interference  of state executive bodies, state bodies of 
the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and self-government bodies with 
the election process, except for cases specified by this Law; 
3) equal and unbiased treatment of the candidates and parties that are 
electoral subjects by the state bodies,  bodies of the Autonomous 
Republic of Crimea and  self-government bodies,  as well as their 
officials; 
4) prohibition  on the use by  candidates and parties that are electoral 
subjects  of  resources other than those of their electoral funds for 
election campaign funding;
5) equal and unbiased treatment of the candidates and  parties that are 
electoral subjects by mass media. 
Article 4. Direct Suffrage
1. Elections of MPs in Ukraine shall be direct. Ukrainian citizens shall elect 
MPs by voting for MP candidates included in the voter list of a party, as well as for 
candidates in single-mandate election districts. 
Article 5. Voluntary Participation in Elections
1.  Participation of Ukrainian citizens in the election of MPs shall be 
voluntary. No one may be compelled to participate or not to participate in the 
election.
Article 6. Free Elections
1. The election of the MPs shall be free. Ukrainian citizens shall be provided 
with conditions for free formation of their will and its free expression when voting. 
2. Violence, threats, fraud, bribery or any other actions interfering with the 
free formation and expression of a voter’s will shall be prohibited. 5
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3. In order to ensure conditions for free expression of their will, on the day 
of voting members of the military shall be granted leave of absence for no less than 
four hours to participate in the voting. 
Article 7. Secret Voting
1. Voting in the election of MPs shall be secret: control over a voter’s will 
expression shall be prohibited. 
2. Members of election commissions and other persons shall be forbidden 
from taking any actions or making public any information enabling anyone to find 
out the result of a particular voter’s expression of will.
Article 8. Personal Voting
1.  Each voter shall vote in person.  Voting on behalf of other persons or
transfer of the right to vote by a voter to any other person shall be prohibited. 
Article 9. The Right to Be Elected 
1. A citizen of Ukraine who has reached the age of 21, shall have the right to 
vote, and has been residing in Ukraine for the previous five years may be elected 
an MP.
2. Residing in Ukraine under this Law shall mean:
1) residing in the territory within the state borders of Ukraine;
2) staying on a ship sailing under the National Flag of Ukraine; 
3) staying of citizens of Ukraine, pursuant to the procedure established 
by the law, in foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine, international 
organizations and in their bodies,  as a result of their out-of-country 
assignment; 
4) staying at Ukraine’s polar station; 
5) staying within the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stationed 
abroad. 6
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3. Persons residing with persons specified in clause 3  of  Part two of this 
Article as their family members shall be also be deemed to be residing in Ukraine.
4. A person who has been convicted of committing a deliberate crime can 
neither be nominated nor elected as an MP, unless this criminal record has been 
cleared or canceled pursuant to the procedure established by law.
Article 10. The Right to Nominate MP Candidates
1.  Ukrainian citizens who have the right to vote may nominate MP 
candidates. This right shall be exercised through the parties or by means of selfnomination pursuant to this Law.
Article 11. The Election Process
1. The election process shall mean the implementation by the subjects listed 
in Article 12 of this Law of the election procedures provided for by this Law.
2. The election process shall be based on the principles of:
1) compliance with the principles of suffrage laid down in Articles 2 –
10 of this Law; 
2) legality and prohibition of unlawful interference of anyone in the 
election process; 
3) political pluralism and multi-party system; 
4) public nature and transparency;
5) freedom of election campaigning,  equal access of all candidates and 
parties that are  electoral subjects to mass media, regardless of their 
form of ownership, except mass media established (owned) by parties 
or MP candidates in single-mandate election districts; 
6) unbiased treatment of parties that are electoral subjects and MP 
candidates by state bodies, bodies of the Autonomous Republic of 
Crimea and local self-government bodies,  courts,  enterprises,
establishments,  institutions,  organizations,  their heads or  other
officials.
3.  Executive bodies of the state,  including a specially authorized central 
executive body responsible for the implementation of state policy  in the area of 7
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management of the budget funds,  a specially authorized central executive body 
responsible for implementation of state policy  in the area of registration of legal 
persons and individual entrepreneurs, as well as courts, election commissions, and 
law enforcement agencies (prosecutor’s office,  police), shall organize their work 
during the election process,  including the days-off and the day of voting, in a 
manner that will ensure the receipt and consideration of documents related to the 
preparation and conduct of the election,  lawsuits,  complaints and appeals of the 
election commissions within the terms and in the manner prescribed by this Law. 
4. The start the election process for a regular election shall be announced by 
the Central Election Commission within the time framework specified by this Law. 
5. The election process shall include the following stages:
1) nomination of MP candidates; 
2) establishment of election commissions (except the Central Election 
Commission);
3) registration of MP candidates;
4) election campaigning;
5) establishment of special election precincts existing on a temporary 
basis;
6) compiling voter lists, their verification and updating;
7) voting; 
8) vote counting and tabulation of the results of the voting;
9) establishment of the results of the election of MPs and their official 
promulgation;
10)termination of the  powers of district and precinct election 
commissions.
6. In the  cases provided for  by  this Law, the election process shall also 
comprise the following stages: 
1) repeat voting; 
2) vote counting and tabulation of the results of the repeat voting.
7. The election process shall be completed fifteen days following the day of 
official promulgation of the election results by the Central Election Commission. 8
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8. The powers of district and precinct election commissions may be partially 
exercised outside of the official time frame of the election process in the cases 
provided for in this Law. 
Article 12. Electoral Subjects
1. The following shall be electoral subjects:
1) a voter; 
2) the Central Election Commission,  as well as any other election 
commission established in accordance with this Law;
3) a party that has nominated an MP candidate; 
4) an MP candidate who has been registered according to the procedures
established by this Law; 
5) an  official observer of a  party that has nominated candidates to the 
nationwide district, of an MP candidate in a single-mandate election 
district,  or of a  non-governmental organization, who  has been 
registered according to the procedure set out in this Law.
Article 13. Publicity and Transparency of the Election Process
1. The election of the MPs shall be prepared and conducted in a public and 
transparent manner.
2. The election commissions shall ensure the public nature and transparency
of the election process by:
1) informing citizens of: the composition,  location, and working schedule of 
election commissions; the establishment of the election districts and election 
precincts; the place and time of voting; and  the main rights of voters, 
including the right to challenge illegal decisions,  actions or inaction of 
election commissions and their members, and of state executive bodies, state 
bodies of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea  and bodies of local selfgovernment, enterprises, establishments, institutions and organizations, and 
their heads and other officials; 9
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2) ensuring that electoral subjects have the opportunity to familiarize 
themselves with the voter lists, electoral lists of parties, information on MP 
candidates, and the procedures for filling out ballot papers; 
3) providing voters with explanations of voting procedures and the procedure 
of filling out ballot papers;
4) making public the results of the voting and the results of the election of 
MPs; 
5) providing other information in the  cases and in accordance with the 
procedures set forth by this Law. 
3.  Decisions of election commissions as well as decisions of executive 
bodies relating to the right of voters to vote in an election shall be made public by 
the aforementioned bodies through printed mass media or, if that is not possible, 
through other means. Decisions of the Central Election Commission and of district 
election commissions that pertain to the election process and are of public interest 
shall be made public on the official website of the Central Election Commission.
4. The mass media shall report on preparations for and conduct of elections 
in an unbiased manner. Mass media representatives shall be guaranteed 
unrestricted access to all public events related to the election,  as well as to 
meetings of election commissions and to the premises of election precincts on the 
day of voting, subject to the conditions specified by Part three of Article 34 of this
Law. Within the scope of their authority, election commissions, executive bodies
and officials thereof shall provide the mass media with information relating to the 
preparation for and conduct of the election. 
5.  Diplomatic offices of Ukraine abroad in which  out-of-country election 
precincts  are established shall ensure the publication in local mass media of 
information on the time and place of voting, the location of the respective election 
precincts and premises for voting, the terms and procedure for applying to precinct 
election commissions, in particular with respect to inclusion of a voter in the voter 
list for the out-of-country election precinct.
Article 14. Legislation Applicable to Elections of Members of Parliament 
1. The preparation and conduct of elections of MPs shall be governed by the 
Constitution of Ukraine, the Laws of Ukraine On the Central Election Commission10
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and On the State Voter Register, by this and other  Laws of Ukraine, as well as 
other legislative acts adopted in accordance therewith.
Chapter II
THE PROCEDURE AND TIMELINES FOR THE CALLING AND 
CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
Article 15. The Forms of Elections of Members of Parliament and 
the Procedure by which They are Called 
1. The election of MPs may be regular, pre-term, repeat, or a by-election. 
2.  A regular election of MPs shall be conducted in connection with 
termination of the term of office of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, as established 
by the Constitution of Ukraine, and shall not require a separate decision on its 
calling.
3. A pre-term election of MPs shall be called by the President of Ukraine on 
the grounds and in accordance with the procedure provided for by the Constitution 
of Ukraine.
4. A repeat election of an MP in a single-mandate election district shall be 
called by the Central Election Commission, if the election in such a district was 
declared invalid, or if a person who was elected has not acquired an MP mandate 
pursuant to the procedure established by this Law.
5.  A by-election of an MP shall be called by the Central Election 
Commission pursuant to the procedure established by this Law, in case of pre-term 
termination of office of an MP elected in a single-mandate election district.
Article 16. Time Frames for Conduct of Elections 
1. A regular election to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine shall be held on the 
last Sunday in October of the fifth year of  the  term of office of the Verkhovna 
Rada of Ukraine.11
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2. In a regular election, the election process shall start ninety days prior to 
the day of voting. The Central Election Commission shall announce the start of the 
election process no later than ninety one days prior to the day of voting. 
3. A pre-term election of MPs shall be held on the last Sunday of the sixtyday period  following the day of publication of the decree of the President of 
Ukraine on early termination  of the term of office of  the Verkhovna Rada of 
Ukraine, issued in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine.
4. In a pre-term election, the election process shall start on the day following 
the day of publication of the decree of the President of Ukraine specified in Part 
three of this Article.
5. A repeat election in a single-mandate election district shall be called no 
later than thirty days following the day when the election was declared invalid or 
the Central Election Commission adopted a decision whereby a person who was 
elected is  declared to have failed to acquire the mandate of  an MP. A repeat 
election shall be held on the last Sunday of the sixty-day period following the day 
of publication by the Central Election Commission of the decision calling for such 
an election. In a repeat election, the election process shall start on the day 
following the day of publication of the Central Election Commission’s  decision 
calling for such election. 
6. A decision calling for a by-election of an MP in a single-mandate election 
district shall be adopted by the Central Election Commission no later than thirty 
days following the day of early termination of the powers of an MP elected in that 
district.  A by-election shall be held on the last Sunday  of the sixty-day period 
following  the day of publication of the decision of the Central Election 
Commission calling for such election. In a by-election, the election process shall 
start on the day following the day of publication of the Central Election 
Commission decision calling for such election.
7. No by election or repeat election shall be held during the fifth year of the 
term of office of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
Article 17. Procedure for Defining Election Time Frames12
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1. The time frames specified in this Law shall be counted in calendar days; 
in certain cases the time frames shall be counted in hours or minutes. 
2.  The first day of a time period that, under  this  Law, begins with the 
occurrence of a certain event, shall be the day following the day of occurrence of 
that event.
3.  The last day of the time period that, under this Law, ends with the 
occurrence of a certain event, shall be the day preceding the day of occurrence of 
that event.
Chapter III
TERRITORIAL ORGANIZATION OF ELECTIONS OF MEMBERS OF 
PARLIAMENT
Article 18. Election Districts
1.  The election of Members of Parliament shall be held in a nationwide 
election district, which shall include the whole territory of Ukraine and out-ofcountry election precincts, and in 225 single-mandate election districts, which shall 
be established by the Central Election Commission and shall exist on a permanent 
basis.
2. Single-mandate districts shall be created within the Autonomous Republic 
of Crimea, the oblasts, the cities of Kyiv and Sevastopol, with approximately equal 
number of voters in each district. The approximate  average number of voters in 
single-mandate districts shall be determined by the Central Election Commission 
on the basis of data of the State Voter Register. A deviation in the number of voters 
in a single-mandate election district shall not exceed twelve  percent from the
approximate average number of voters in single-mandate election districts.
3.  The list of single-mandate election districts, with indication of their 
numbers,  boundaries and centers, shall be published by the Central Election 
Commission in national and regional printed media no later than one hundred 
seventy-five days prior to the day of voting.13
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Article 19. Election Precincts
1. Preparation for and conduct of voting and vote counting shall take place at 
election precincts, which shall be established by the Central Election Commission 
or a district election commission in accordance with this Law and shall exist on a 
permanent or temporary basis. 
2. An election precinct may be regular, special, or out-of-country. Regular
and out-of-country  election precincts shall be created by the Central Election 
Commission and shall exist on a permanent basis. A special election precinct may 
exist on a permanent or temporary basis, as provided for by this Law. 
3.  Election precincts shall be established with the number of voters from 
twenty to two thousand five hundred voters. 
Election precincts shall be divided into:
1) small – with the number of voters below 500 persons;
2) medium – with the number of voters from 500 to 1,500 persons; and
3) large – with the number of voters exceeding 1,500 persons.
4.  If the number of voters in a particular territory, establishment, or 
institution is less than twenty, an election precinct may be established by a decision 
of the Central Election Commission in the respective territory, establishment,  or 
institution with a number of voters falling short of the limit established by 
paragraph one of Part three of this Article. Out-of-country election precincts can be 
created with more than two thousand five hundred voters.
5.  An election precinct shall be the same for the election in both the 
nationwide election district and single-mandate election districts.
6. Each election precinct shall have its own number, address of premises for 
voting, and location (address of office) of the precinct election commission. The 
premises for voting and the office of a precinct election commission may have the 
same address.14
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7. Requirements relating to the office of a precinct election commission and
the  premises for voting shall be set forth by the Central Election Commission 
taking into account the requirements of Article 83 of this Law.
Article 20. Regular Election Precincts
1. Regular election precincts shall be established to provide for the 
administration and conduct of voting by voters residing in that area.
2.  A regular election precinct shall have its own territory with defined 
boundaries and its own number, which shall be determined by the Central Election 
Commission.
Article 21. Special Election Precincts
1.  Special election precincts shall be established in inpatient care 
establishments, penitentiary institutions, pretrial detention centers, on ships sailing 
under the National Flag of Ukraine, at Ukraine’s polar stations, and in other places 
where the voters with restricted moving possibility temporarily stay.
The establishment of one election precinct for two or more establishments or 
institutions shall not be allowed.
The Central Election Commission can establish, on a permanent basis, 
special election precincts in inpatient care establishments, at Ukraine’s polar 
stations, in penitentiary institutions, pretrial detention centers.
2. Special election precincts shall be created so as to provide the voters with 
the possibility to vote without violating the internal regime of the  establishment 
(institution) in which they are located.
In order to ensure that voting does not conflict with the internal regime at the 
respective establishment (institution), more than one special election precinct may 
be established within an establishment (institution).
3.  Special election precincts existing  on a temporary basis shall be 
established by the district election commissions no later than forty-five days prior 
to the day of voting. 15
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4.  A special election precinct shall be determined by the institution, 
establishment, ship, Ukraine’s polar station at which it has been formed. A special 
election precinct shall have its own number,  address (location)  of an institution, 
establishment, Ukraine’s  polar station, which shall be determined by the Central 
Election Commission or by a  district election commission,  or shall be
characterized by a ship’s name and port of registration. 
5.  Special election precincts existing  on a temporary basis shall be 
established by a district election commission on the basis of a submission, of a 
form approved by the Central Election Commission,  from  the relevant rayon or 
city rayon state administrations or executive committees of city councils in cities 
of oblast (republican in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) subordination. The 
aforementioned submissions  shall be presented  to the relevant district election 
commission no later than forty-eight days prior to the day of voting. 
6. A submission regarding the establishment of a special election precinct in 
the respective establishment or institution shall contain: 
1) the name of the institution or establishment;
2) the legal address of the institution or establishment;
3) the approximate number of voters who will stay at the institution or 
establishment on the day of voting;
4) the availability of the respective premises to be used for voting and 
their address (if the address of the premises for voting differs from the 
legal address of the institution or establishment); 
5) commitment of the administration of the establishment or institution 
to provide unimpeded access to the premises to be used for voting to
members of the respective election commission and for persons who, 
under this Law, have the right to be present therein during the voting
and vote counting. 
7. A submission regarding the establishment of a temporary special election 
precinct on a ship sailing under the National Flag of Ukraine shall contain: 
1) the ship’s name;
2) the ship’s port of registration;
3) the approximate number of voters on a ship;16
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4) the latest day preceding the day of voting of the ship’s departure from 
the port of registration; 
5) the estimated day closest to the day of voting of the ship’s return to a 
Ukrainian port.
8.  In an exceptional case of establishment of a new inpatient care 
establishment,  penitentiary institution, pretrial detention center,  or other 
establishment for temporary stay of voters with restricted mobility, and in case of 
unforeseen departure of a ship sailing under the National Flag of Ukraine, a special 
election precinct may be established by the Central Election Commission no later 
than ten days prior to the day of voting upon a submission of the relevant district 
election commission. 
The aforementioned submission shall be filed by the district election 
commission no later than fifteen days prior to the day of voting on the basis of a
submission of the relevant rayon state administration or executive committee of a 
city council in a city of oblast (republican in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea)
subordination. The application shall include the information specified in Parts six 
and seven of this Article. 
Article 22. Out-of-country Election Precincts
1. An out-of-country election precinct shall be established with the purpose 
of preparing for and conducting voting for voters residing or, on the day of voting 
at the election of MPs, staying in the respective territory of a foreign state.
2.  Out-of-country election precincts  shall be established by the Central 
Election Commission at foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine and at military 
units (commands) deployed outside Ukraine, and shall be distributed evenly among 
all single-mandate districts being created in the territory of the capital of Ukraine –
city of Kyiv.
3. An out-of-country election precinct that has its premises for voting located 
in a diplomatic institution of Ukraine or at the location of a military unit 
(command) outside Ukraine shall be deemed a permanent election precinct.17
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4. An out-of-country election precinct shall have its own number, address of 
premises for voting, and address of office of the precinct election commission of 
the out-of-country election precinct.
Article 23. Announcement of Decisions on Establishment of Election Precincts
1.  The Central Election Commission shall ensure the publication, in 
nationwide and relevant regional or local printed mass media and on the official 
website of the Central Election Commission, of a list of respective  election 
precincts established on a regular basis, with indication of the election districts to 
which the election precincts are assigned and of the [identification] numbers of the 
election precincts no later than one hundred seventy-five days prior to the day of 
voting.
2. A district election commission shall publish its decisions on establishment 
of special election precincts,  with indication of the numbers of the election 
precincts, their boundaries or institutions (establishments) at which they have been
created,  office addresses of the respective precinct election commissions and 
premises for voting. Such a decision shall be published in the respective regional 
and local printed mass media no later than on the fifth day following the day of 
adoption of that decision, or, if that is impossible, shall be made public in another 
manner within the same time frame. 
3.  The Central Election Commission shall ensure the  publication of its 
decisions on the establishment of special election precincts as stipulated by Part 
eight of Article 21 of this Law in the respective regional and local printed mass 
media no later than on the fifth day following the day of adoption of that decision, 
or, if it is impossible, in another manner within the same time frame.
4.  The Central Election Commission shall ensure the publication of its 
decisions on the establishment of  out-of-country election precincts in nationwide 
printed mass media no later than on the fifth day following the day of adoption of 
that decision, or, if it is impossible, in another manner within the same time frame.
The respective foreign diplomatic institution of Ukraine in the country where the 
out-of-country election precinct  is established shall publish a notice on the 
establishment of the election precinct in printed mass media accessible to 
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impossible, shall make such notice public in another manner no later than on the 
fifth day after the receipt of such decision. 
Chapter IV
ELECTION COMMISSIONS
Article 24. System of Election Commissions 
1. The preparation for and conduct of the election of MPs shall be carried 
out by a system of election commissions consisting of the following: 
1) the Central Election Commission;
2) district election commissions;
3) precinct election commissions.
2.  The powers of election commissions relating to the preparation and 
conduct of the election of MPs shall be exercised as follows:
1) by the Central Election Commission  – in the whole territory of 
Ukraine and at the out-of-country election precincts;
2) by a district election commission – within the single-mandate election 
district;
3) by a precinct election commission – within the election precinct.
Article 25. Status of Election Commissions 
1.  Election Commissions shall be deemed special collective bodies 
responsible for the preparation and conduct of the election of MPs and ensuring 
observance and uniform application of Ukraine’s legislation on the election of 
MPs. 
2. The status of the Central Election Commission shall be determined by the 
Constitution of Ukraine, the Law on the Central Election Commission, and this and 
other Laws of Ukraine. The Central Election Commission shall lead the system of 
election commissions that organize the preparation and conduct of the election of 
MPs, and shall be the highest level commission for all district and precinct election 
commissions specified by this Law.19
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3. The Central Election Commission shall not be a legal successor of district 
election commissions.
4. The status of district and precinct election commissions shall be 
determined by this Law.
5. A district election commission shall be a legal person and have a seal, the
sample of which is to be approved by the Central Election Commission. A district 
election commission shall be the higher level commission for all precinct election 
commissions within the respective single-mandate election district. 
6. A precinct election commission shall not be a legal person. Each precinct 
election commission shall have its own seal, the sample of which shall be approved 
by the Central Election Commission. 
Article 26. Requirements for Members of a District or Precinct Election 
Commission
1. Voters residing in the territory of Ukraine may be members of a district 
election commission or a precinct election commission of a regular or a special 
election precinct. 
2. A voter may be a member of only one election commission responsible 
for the preparation and conduct of an election of MPs, an election of the President 
of Ukraine, an election of the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous 
Republic of Crimea, the deputies of local councils, village, town and city mayors, 
or commission of a national or local referendum, if the aforementioned election or 
referendum is conducted simultaneously with the election of MPs.
3.  A district or precinct election commission may not include MP 
candidates; parties’ representatives to the Central Election Commission; parties’
authorized persons; proxies of MP candidates in a single-mandate district; official 
observers; officials  of state executive bodies, state bodies of the Autonomous 
Republic of Crimea or local self-government bodies; employees of courts or law 
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detention centers; or citizens that have a criminal record for committing a grave or 
especially grave crime or a crime against citizens’ electoral rights, unless such a 
record has been cleared or canceled pursuant to the procedure established by law.
4. A precinct election commission of a special election precinct established 
in an inpatient care establishment or penitentiary institution or pretrial detention 
center may  not have among its members the employees of the respective 
establishment or institution. 
5. If any other elections are conducted simultaneously with the election of 
MPs, a district or precinct election commission may not include candidates running 
in these other elections, their authorized persons or proxies, or authorized persons
or representatives  of other subjects of the respective election process, or official 
observers.
6.  The Central Election Commission shall appoint the head, deputy head, 
and secretary of  a district election commission at the time that it establishes the 
commission. 
7. A person may be appointed as head, deputy head, or secretary of a district 
election commission only if he or she has completed, in the manner established by 
the Central Election Commission, the training for managerial positions in a district 
election commission.
The secretary of a district or precinct election commission must have 
command of the state language to the extent necessary for the management of the 
records of the commission.
Article 27. Procedure for Establishing a District Election Commission 
1. A district election commission shall be established by the Central Election 
Commission no later than sixty-two  days prior to the day of voting and shall 
consist of the head, the deputy head, the secretary, and other commission members,
consisting of no less than twelve and no more than eighteen persons.
2. The following entities (hereinafter, nominating entities)  may nominate 
candidates for membership in district election commissions:21
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1) any political party whose parliamentary faction is registered with the 
Apparatus of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of current convocation;
2) political parties that are electoral subjects. 
3. A district election commission shall necessarily include one representative 
from each nominating entity specified in clause 1 of the Part two of this Article 
that has made the required submission. Any remaining seats on the district election 
commission shall be filled by no more than one representative from the nominating 
entities  specified in clause 2 of Part two of this Article, selected by means of 
drawing of lots by the Central Election Commission in accordance with procedures 
that it establishes, no later than three days following the day of expiration of the 
time for filing the submissions specified in Part four of this Article. Persons 
nominated to a district election commission may be rejected [by the Central 
Election Commission] only on the grounds of their noncompliance with the 
requirements of Article 26 of this Law, violation of the requirements set forth in 
Parts four – seven of this Article, or application of the mechanism of drawing of 
lots specified by this Part.
4.  No later than sixty-seven  days prior to the day of voting, the  central 
governing body of a  nominating entity shall submit to the Central Election 
Commission, in accordance with the format approved by the Central Election 
Commission, the paper and electronic forms of the list of persons that it wishes to 
nominate to the respective district election commissions (no more than one 
nominee for each commission). Each submission shall be signed by the head of the 
nominating entity (or by a person acting in his or her capacity) and affixed with the 
seal of the respective nominating entity.
5. Submissions of nominations to district election commissions shall include 
the following information on each nominee:
1) last name, first name (all first names), patronymic (if any);
2) date, month, year of birth;
3) citizenship;
4) place and address of residence, as well as contact phone numbers;
5) confirmation of his or her command of the state language;
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7) place of employment and occupied position;
8) experience in participating in the work of election commissions;
9) for persons seeking to occupy a managerial position in a district 
election commission, confirmation of completion of the training 
specified by Part seven of Article 26 of this Law;
10) position in the commission for which the person is nominated;
11) information on whether the nominee has no criminal record for 
committing a grave or especially grave crime or a crime against 
citizens’ electoral rights.
6. The submission shall be accompanied by hand-written statements of the 
persons nominated to a district election commission, expressing their consent to 
participate in the work of the commission on behalf of the nominating entity; and if 
a person is nominated for the position of head, deputy head, or secretary of the 
commission, their consent to perform the respective official responsibilities.
7.  Technical errors or inaccuracies contained in a  submission  shall not 
constitute a reason for the rejection of nominees. When such errors or inaccuracies 
are found,  the Central Election Commission shall immediately notify the 
nominating entity. The nominating entity may submit a corrected submission that 
addresses the errors or inaccuracies in question on the day following the day of the 
receipt of the aforementioned notification. If no corrected submission is received 
within that time limit, the respective nominees shall be rejected.
8. If the submission of nominees to a district election commission fails to be 
filed within the time period prescribed by Part four of this Article, or if the number 
of persons nominated to the district election commission is less than twelve, the 
Central Election Commission shall appoint, within the time frame specified by Part 
one of this Article, the twelve members of the district election commission, upon 
proposal submitted by the Head of the Central Election Commission  with 
observance of the requirements specified by Article 26 of this Law, necessarily 
having regard  to  the nominees proposed by the relevant  nominating entities 
specified in Part two of this Article.
9.  Each  entity  that nominates candidates to district election commissions
shall have the right to a proportional share of each category of managerial positions 
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nominating candidates to  district election commissions within the nationwide 
district shall  be determined on the basis of  the proportion of all selected district 
election commission members who were nominated by that  entity.  A person 
appointed to a district election commission upon proposal of the Head of the 
Central Election Commission cannot be appointed to a managerial position in that 
election commission, unless no submissions, or less than the required number of 
submissions, for appointment of respective nominees to the positions of the head, 
deputy  head, and secretary of the commission have been submitted. Managerial 
positions shall be distributed between the nominating entities based on the shares 
determined in accordance with this Part of this Article according to procedures to 
be established by the Central Election Commission. Such procedures shall provide 
for approximate evenness of the territorial distribution of the positions received by 
each party.
10. The head, deputy head, and secretary of a district election commission 
shall represent different nominating entities specified in Part two of this Article.
11. The Central Election Commission shall make public its decision on the 
establishment and composition of the district election commissions, made in 
accordance with  this Law, on the official website of the Central Election 
Commission no later than on the day following the day on which the decision was 
adopted. The Central Election Commission shall publish an excerpt from such 
decision on the establishment of the district election commissions  in a particular 
region, including their composition, in the regional printed mass media within 
seven days from the date when the decision was adopted. A decision on changes in 
the composition of a district election commission shall be published pursuant to the 
procedure and within the terms provided for by this Part, but in any case no later 
than on the last day prior to the day of voting. 
Article 28. Procedure for Establishing the Precinct Election Commission of a 
Regular or Special Election Precinct
1. A precinct election commission shall be established by the respective 
district election commission no later than thirty-one days prior to the day of voting 
and shall consist of the head, deputy head, secretary, and other members of the 
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2.  A  precinct election commission shall be formed with the following 
number of members: 
1) for small election precincts  1018 members;
2) for medium election precincts  1420 members;
3) for large election precincts – 18 – 24 members.
3. At election precincts in which the number of voters does not exceed fifty 
persons, a precinct election commission may consist of the head, the secretary and 
two to four other members. 
4. The right to nominate candidates to precinct election commissions shall be 
granted to the nominating entities specified in Part two of Article 27 of this Law, 
as well as to MP candidates in the respective single-mandate election district.
A submission may be filed on  behalf of a party by the authorized 
representative of the party on the basis of a letter of attorney issued by the party. A
submission from an MP candidate may be filed by the MP candidate personally or 
by his or her proxy.
5. The precinct election commission of a regular or special election precinct 
(except the cases provided for by Part twelve of this Article) shall include one 
representative of each nominating entity specified in clause 1 of Part two of Article
27  of this Law that has made the required submission.  No more than one 
representative of each nominating entity specified in clause 2 of Part two of Article 
27 and each MP candidate in the respective single-mandate district shall be 
included in the district election commission on the basis of drawing lots, to be 
conducted by the district election commission  no later than on the third day 
following the day of expiration of the term for filing the submissions specified in 
Part six of this Article, in accordance with the procedure established by the Central 
Election Commission. Persons nominated to a precinct election commission may 
be rejected only on the grounds of their noncompliance with the requirements of 
Article 26 of this Law, or as a result of application of the mechanism of drawing of 
lots specified by this Part, or if the filing of the submission failed to comply with 
the requirements set forth in Parts six, seven, or nine of this Article.
6.  No later than thirty-nine days prior to the day of voting,  a nominating 
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submit to the respective district election commission, in a format approved by the 
Central Election Commission, the paper and electronic forms of the list of persons 
nominated by that entity (no more than one candidate to one election commission) 
to the respective precinct election commissions. The submission shall indicate the 
persons suggested by the  nominating entity for the positions of the head, deputy 
head, and secretary of the election commission. The submission from a party shall 
be signed by the head of the party (or a person acting in his or her capacity) and 
affixed with the seal of that party. The submission from an MP candidate shall be 
filed with the signature of the respective MP candidate.
7. A submission of nominees for precinct election commissions shall contain 
the information listed in Part five of Article 27 of this Law. The submission shall 
be accompanied by statements of the persons being nominated, expressing their 
consent to participate in the work of the election commission on behalf of the 
nominating  entity; and if a person is nominated for the position of head, deputy 
head, or secretary of the commission, their consent to perform the respective 
official responsibilities. 
8. If nominations for a precinct election commission are not received within 
the time period prescribed by Part six of this Article, or if the number of nominees 
for a precinct election commission is less than the minimum number specified by 
Parts two and three of this Article, the district election commission shall establish
the precinct election commission  upon a proposal by the head of the district 
election commission, the number of its members not exceeding the average of the 
numbers  established by Parts two or three of this Article,  having regard to 
nominees proposed by the nominating parties specified by Part four of this Article. 
Members of the district election commission can submit proposals for such 
nominees to the head of the district election commission.
9.  Technical errors or inaccuracies contained in a  submission  shall not 
constitute a reason for the rejection of nominees. When such errors or inaccuracies 
are found, the district election commission shall immediately notify the respective 
nominating entity. The said errors or inaccuracies can be corrected by way of filing 
a corrected submission for the respective nominees  no later than on the day 
following the day of the receipt of the aforementioned notification. If no corrected 
submission  is received within that time limit, the respective nominees shall be 
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10. Each entity nominating candidates to precinct election commissions shall 
have the right to a proportional share of each category of managerial positions in 
precinct election commissions of, respectively, small,  medium, and large size 
within the election district. The share of managerial positions for each nominating 
entity  in each election precinct  category within the election district shall be 
determined  on the basis of  the proportion of all selected precinct election 
commission members who were nominated by that party or candidate in  the 
respective category. A person appointed to the precinct election commission upon 
proposal of the head of the district election commission cannot be appointed to a 
managerial position in the election commission, unless no submissions or less than 
the required number of submissions for appointment to the positions of the head, 
deputy head, and the secretary of the commission have been filed. The distribution 
of managerial positions among the nominating entities shall be performed, within 
the shares determined in accordance with this Part, by the district election 
commission  according to  the  procedure established by the Central Election 
Commission.
11. The head, deputy head, and secretary of a precinct election commission 
shall represent different nominating entities specified in Part four of this Article –
parties and MP candidates.
12. A precinct election commission of a special election precinct established 
on a ship which on the day of voting will be sailing under the National Flag of 
Ukraine, or at Ukraine’s polar station, shall be established by the district election 
commission according to the place of registration of such a ship or Ukraine’s polar 
station upon a submission, respectively, of the ship’s captain or the polar station’s 
head,  which can be sent via technical means of communication within the time 
period prescribed by Part six of this Article. 
13.  If a special election precinct is established in an  exceptional case,
pursuant to Part eight of Article 21 of this Law, the precinct election commission 
shall be established by the Central Election Commission simultaneously with the 
establishment of the election precinct upon submission of the district election 
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14. If  a district election commission makes a submission to the Central 
Election Commission seeking to establish a special election precinct in an 
exceptional case, it shall notify all parties or candidates eligible to nominate 
candidates to precinct election commissions and invite them to file submissions
concerning nominations to the precinct election commission  under the procedure 
established by this Article and within the terms prescribed by the district election 
commission, but no later than five days following the day of such notification. 
15.  A decision establishing a precinct election commission shall be 
published in the regional or local printed mass media no later than on the fifth day 
following the day when such a decision was adopted or, if that is impossible, shall 
be made public in another  manner within the same time period.  A decision 
establishing the precinct election commission of a special election precinct 
established  in  an exceptional case, or a decision changing the composition of  a 
precinct election commission shall be published or made public pursuant to the 
procedure and within the terms prescribed by this Part, but no later than on the last 
day prior to the day of voting.
Article 29. Procedure for Establishing the Precinct Election Commission 
of an Out-of-Country Election Precinct
1. The precinct election commission of an  out-of-country election precinct 
shall be established by the Central Election Commission no later than  thirty-one 
days prior to the day of voting and shall consist of the head, deputy head, secretary, 
and other members of the commission.  The number of members of a precinct 
election commission of an out-of-country election precinct shall be determined in 
accordance with Parts two and three of Article 28 of this Law.
2. The precinct election commission of an  out-of-country election precinct 
shall be made up of voters residing or staying, during the period of preparation and 
conduct of election, in the territory of the respective foreign state. 
3. The right to nominate candidates to the precinct election commissions of 
out-of-country election precincts shall be granted to the parties specified in Part 
two of Article 27  of this Law as well as to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 
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4. No later than thirty-nine days prior to the day of voting, an entity eligible 
to nominate precinct election commission members in an  out-of-country election 
precinct shall submit to the Central Election Commission, in a form approved by 
the Central Election Commission,  the  paper and electronic forms of the list of 
persons nominated by that entity (no more than one candidate to one commission) 
to be appointed to the respective precinct election commissions. Such a submission 
shall indicate the persons nominated to the positions of the head, deputy head, and 
secretary of the commission. The submission shall be signed by the  head  of the 
nominating entity (or a person acting in his or her capacity) and affixed with the 
seal of the respective nominating entity. 
5. In a submission filed within the time period specified by Part four of this 
Article, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine shall include the employees of 
foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine (in compliance with the requirements of 
Part three of Article 26  of this Law), members of military units (commands) 
deployed abroad,  or other citizens of Ukraine entitled to vote who reside or stay 
during the period of preparation  and conduct of the election in the territory of the 
respective foreign state, having regard to the requirement that their number must not 
be less than the minimum or more than the average precinct election commission 
membership specified by Parts two or three of Article 28 of this Law.
6.  The submission of nominees to precinct election  commissions shall
contain the data required by Part five of Article 27 of this Law. The submission 
shall be accompanied by statements of persons nominated to the precinct election
commission, expressing their consent to participate in the work of the commission 
on behalf of the entity that nominated them or on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs of Ukraine; and if this person is nominated for the position of head, deputy 
head, or secretary of the commission, his or her consent to perform the respective 
official responsibilities.
7.  No more than one representative of each nominating  entity  shall be 
appointed (if the respective submission has been filed) to a precinct election 
commission of an out-of-country election precinct, subject to the requirements set 
forth by Part three of Article 27 of this Law. 29
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8. Candidates proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine shall 
be appointed to  the  precinct election commission of an  out-of-country election 
precinct in accordance with the requirements set forth by Parts two and six of this 
Article and by Article 26 of this Law, having regard to the requirement that the 
overall number of members of the established election commission must meet the 
requirements of Parts two or three of Article 28 of this Law.
9. Nominees may be rejected only on the grounds of their noncompliance
with the requirements specified in Article 26 of this Law, as well as in Parts two, 
six, or  tenth of this Article, or application of the mechanism of drawing of  lots 
specified by Part five of Article 28 of this Law.
10. Technical errors or inaccuracies contained in a submission of nominees 
shall not constitute a reason for the rejection of a nominee. When such errors or 
inaccuracies are found, the Central Election Commission shall immediately notify 
the nominating  entity. The nominating  entity may submit a corrected submission 
that addresses the errors or inaccuracies in question on the day following the day of 
the receipt of the aforementioned notification. If no corrected  submission  is 
received within that period, the nominees in question shall be rejected.
11. Each entity whose nominees have been appointed to a precinct election 
commission shall have the right  to a  proportional share of each category of 
managerial positions in precinct election commissions of, respectively, small, 
medium and large out-of-country election precincts, depending on the number of 
nominees from the respective entities  who were selected to the election 
commissions. The share of managerial positions for each party in each category of
out-of-country election precincts shall be determined on the basis of the proportion 
of all selected precinct election commission members who were nominated by that 
entity  in that  category.  Managerial positions shall be distributed between the 
parties according to the shares determined under this Part of this Article according 
to the procedure approved by the Central Election Commission. 
12. A person appointed to a precinct election commission upon submission 
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine can be appointed to a managerial 
position in the election commission only if no candidates for such a position have 
been nominated by other nominating entities.30
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13.  Decisions on the establishment and composition of precinct election 
commissions of out-of-country election precincts, adopted in accordance with the 
requirements of this Law,  shall be made public on the official  website of the 
Central Election Commission on the day following the day on which that decision 
was adopted and shall also be published by the Central Election Commission in the 
national printed mass media. Information on the location (address of the premises) 
and working hours of the precinct election commissions established at foreign 
diplomatic institutions of Ukraine and in military units (commands)  deployed 
abroad shall be published by the respective foreign diplomatic institutions of 
Ukraine in accordance with the local conditions of the country in question. 
Article 30. Powers of the Central Election Commission
1. The powers of the Central Election Commission related to preparation and 
conduct of the election of MPs shall be determined by this Law, the  Law on the 
Central Election Commission, and other Laws of Ukraine.
2. In addition to the powers provided for by the Law on the Central Election 
Commission, the Central Election Commission shall: 
1) exercise control of compliance with and uniform application of the 
legislation on the election of MPs by the voters; district and precinct 
election commissions and their members; state executive bodies, state 
bodies of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,  and local selfgovernment bodies,  their officials; enterprises,  establishments, 
institutions and organizations and their officials; mass media 
organizations,  their owners,  officials and production personnel; MP 
candidates; parties,  their representatives to the Central Election 
Commission  and authorized persons; proxies of MP candidates in 
single-mandate election districts,  official observers,  and nongovernmental organizations; 
2) provide the election commissions with organizational and 
methodological support;
3) organize training for persons nominated to the positions of the head, 
deputy head,  or  secretary  of district election commissions, in 
accordance with procedures established by itself; 31
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4) convene, if necessary, on its own initiative, a meeting of a lower level 
election commission;
5) establish the norms and the list of equipment and  inventory for the 
premises of the election commission and the voting premises, as well 
as the  types of services or  works that  can be provided to election 
commissions; 
6) establish the forms of election documents, approve samples  of seals 
and signboards of election commissions, specify the procedure for the 
storage and submission of election documents to the relevant state 
archival institutions;
7) suspend the  flow of funds  in  the accounts of the district election 
commissions at banking institutions when the term of powers of these 
commissions has expired, or when accounting standards or financial 
discipline have been infringed by them; adopt decisions on the 
transfer of the remaining funds to the account of the Central Election 
Commission;
8) register MP candidates;
9) register a party’s representative to the Central Election Commission;
10) make decisions granting a non-governmental organization the right 
to have official observers during the election of MPs; 
11) register official observers from foreign states and international 
organizations;
12) approve the form, color, and text of the ballot papers for voting in the 
nationwide district and the single-mandate election districts;  ensure 
centralized printing of the required number of ballot papers, stocktaking thereof, and distribute them to  the district election 
commissions; 
13) call repeat elections and by-elections in circumstances  specified by
this Law;
14) deliver to a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 
Ukraine ballot papers, forms of other documents, seals and stamps for 
the delivery thereof to the precinct election commissions of  out-ofcountry election precincts; 
15) consider applications and complaints concerning decisions, actions or 
inaction of district election commissions, and adopt  decisions on 
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16) approve the text and form of information posters as well as posters 
clarifying the  voting procedures and the liability  for  violating  the 
legislation on the election of MPs;
17) provide clarifications to the district and precinct election commissions 
regarding the filling out of the respective vote counting protocols and 
tabulation of voting results;
18) exercise the powers of  a district election commission, if it does not 
receive, within the time frame specified by this Law,  the protocol 
from  the district election commission  on the voting results in the 
nationwide district within a single-mandate district or the protocol of 
the district election commission on the voting results in a singlemandate district;
19) exercise other powers provided for by this Law or by other Laws of 
Ukraine. 
3.  In order to ensure  organizational,  legal,  informational,  and technical 
support for the exercise of  the powers granted by this Law and the  Law on the 
Central Election Commission, the Central Election Commission shall be granted 
the right to engage in the election of MPs, for the period of the election process, 
specialists, experts, and technical personnel as needed.
Article 31. Powers of a District Election Commission
1. A district election commission shall begin to exercise its powers as soon 
as no less than two-thirds of its minimum composition, specified in  Part one  of 
Article 27 of this Law, are sworn-in at its first meeting, which shall be held no later 
than on the third day following the day on which the decision establishing the 
district election commission was adopted. 
2. A district election commission shall:
1) ensure the preparation and conduct of the election of MPs in a singlemandate election district, as well as in the nationwide election district; 
2) exercise control, within the respective single-mandate election district, 
of compliance with and uniform application of the legislation on the 
election of MPs by the voters; precinct election commissions and their 
members; state executive  bodies, state  bodies of the Autonomous 33
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Republic of Crimea, and local self-government bodies, their officials, 
enterprises,  establishments,  institutions and organizations and their 
officials; mass media organizations,  their owners,  officials and 
production personnel; MP candidates; parties,  their representatives 
and authorized persons; proxies of MP candidates in single-mandate 
election districts,  official observers,  and non-governmental 
organizations; 
3) provide legal, organizational, methodological, and technical support to 
the precinct election commissions, organize training for their members 
on the matters related to the election process organization; 
4) register proxies of the MP candidates registered in the single-mandate 
election district, and issue  identification documents to them  in 
accordance with the form approved by the Central Election 
Commission;
5) establish the precinct election commissions in accordance with the 
requirements of this Law, except in cases specified in Part thirteen of 
Article 28 of this Law;
6) convene, if necessary, on its own initiative, a meeting of a precinct 
election commission; 
7) decide on matters pertaining to  the use of the funds of the State 
Budget of Ukraine allocated to the preparation and conduct of the 
election of MPs in accordance with the procedure established by the 
Central Election Commission;
8) control the observance of applicable legislation regarding the 
compilation of voter lists in election precincts within a single-mandate 
election district by the bodies authorized to that end by the law, and 
control the presentation of the voter lists for public review;
9) control the activities of local executive bodies and local selfgovernment bodies with regard to provision of voting premises, 
transport, means of communication, and equipment; within the scope 
of its powers, consider and decide on other issues pertaining to the 
material and technical support of the election of MPs within the 
single-mandate election district; 
10) distribute to the precinct election commissions ballot papers and forms 
of other documentation in accordance with this Law, ensure control of 
stock-taking of the ballot papers within the single-mandate election 
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11) provide for the production of information posters clarifying the voting 
procedures and the liability  for violations of the legislation on the 
election of MPs,  and of the seals for the precinct election 
commissions, and deliver them to the precinct election commissions, 
and also provide for the production of other election documentation;
12) provide the precinct election commissions with legal, organizational, 
methodological, and technical support, organize training for the heads, 
deputy heads, and secretaries of the precinct election commissions;
13) take into account information from  precinct election commissions, 
local executive bodies and the bodies of local self-government 
pertaining to the preparation and conduct of election; 
14) register official observers of parties that have nominated candidates to 
the nationwide election district, of  MP candidates in the singlemandate election district, and of non-governmental organizations; 
15) consider applications and complaints concerning the decisions, actions 
or inaction of the precinct election commissions, and take decisions on 
these matters;
16) tabulate voting results  in the nationwide election district within  the 
single-mandate election precinct and  in the single-mandate election
district, compile the tabulation protocols,  submit the protocols and 
other election documents specified in this Law to the Central Election 
Commission; 
17) invalidate the  results of voting  at  an election precinct in cases 
provided for by this Law;
18) ensure delivery of election and other documents for storage to the
relevant  archival institution  in accordance with the procedure 
approved by the Central Election Commission; 
19) exercise other powers provided for by this Law and other  Laws of 
Ukraine. 
3. The powers of a district election commission shall be terminated 
within fifteen days following the day of official promulgation by the Central 
Election Commission of the results of the election of MPs in accordance with the 
procedure provided for by this Law.35
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4.  A district election commission shall cease to have legal personality in 
accordance with the procedure and within the terms prescribed by Article 38 of this 
Law.
Article 32. Powers of a Precinct Election Commission
1. A precinct election commission shall begin to exercise its powers as soon 
as no less than two-thirds of its minimum composition, specified in Parts two and 
three of Article 28 of this Law, have been sworn in at its meeting, which shall be 
held no later than on the third day following the day when the decision on its 
establishment was adopted.
2. A precinct election commission shall:
1) control strict compliance with and uniform application of the 
legislation on the election of MPs during the voting and vote counting 
at the election precinct; 
2) receive a voter list from the State Voter Register maintenance body or 
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, or compile a voter list in
the cases specified by this Law,  present the voter list  for public 
review, and amend it in the cases specified by this Law; 
3) ensure the possibility of voter access to the electoral lists of MP 
candidates nominated by parties, to information on MP candidates in 
the single-mandate election districts, and to decisions adopted by the 
Central Election Commission, the  respective district election 
commission, and its own decisions and notifications; 
4) deliver or send to each voter a personal invitation indicating the date 
of voting, the  address of the  voting  premises, and the  time of 
beginning and close of voting, in accordance with the procedure and 
within the time framework prescribed by Part two of Article 40 of this 
Law; 
5) ensure stock-tacking of the ballot papers received by the commission;
6) ensure preparation of the voting premises and ballot boxes; 
7) amend the ballot papers in accordance with decisions of the Central 
Election Commission and in accordance with the procedure and 
within the time framework of this Law; 
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9) conduct the counting of votes at the election precinct, compile the vote 
counting protocols for the election precinct, and deliver them  and 
other election documents to the respective district election 
commission in accordance with the procedures prescribed by this 
Law; 
10) invalidate the results of voting on the grounds specified by Article 92 
of this Law;
11) consider applications and complaints concerning the preparation and 
organization of voting at the election precinct and, within the scope of 
its powers, adopt decisions on them; 
12) exercise other powers provided for by this Law and other  Laws of 
Ukraine. 
3. The powers of a  precinct election commission shall be  terminated five 
days following the day of official promulgation by the Central Election 
Commission of the results of the election of MPs.
4.  The activities of a precinct election commission shall be terminated 
simultaneously with the termination of its powers.
Article 33. Organization of Activities of District and Precinct Election 
Commissions
1.  An election commission shall be a collective body. The main form of 
work of an election commission shall be its meeting, which shall be convened by 
the head of the commission or, in case of his or her absence, by the deputy head, 
or, in case of absence of  the head and deputy head, by the secretary of the 
commission.
2. If necessary, a meeting of an election commission may be convened by a 
decision of the higher level election commission.
3. Upon a written request of at least  one-third  of the election commission 
members, the head or deputy head of the election commission shall convene a 
meeting of the commission no later than on the day following the day of the receipt 
of such a request.37
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4. The first meeting of an election commission shall be convened by its head 
no later than  on the third day following the day of its establishment, with 
subsequent meetings being convened as needed. If an election commission is 
established simultaneously with the establishment of an election precinct as 
provided for by  Part thirteen  of Article 28 of this Law, the first meeting of a 
commission shall be convened no later than on the day following its establishment.
5. A meeting of an election commission shall be deemed plenipotentiary if
more than half of the commission members are present.
6. A meeting of an election commission shall be convened with mandatory 
notification of all members of a commission of the time, place where the meeting 
will be held, and its agenda.
7.  The members of an election commission shall be  provided with draft 
decisions of the commission and the necessary documents, as a rule, no later than 
on the day preceding the day of the commission’s meeting, but in any case no later 
than before the beginning of the meeting.
8. A  meeting of an election commission shall be chaired by the head of 
commission or his or her deputy; should the head or his deputy fail to exercise their 
duties or be absent, including on the day of voting and in particular during the vote 
counting at the election precinct and tabulation  of the voting results within  the 
single-mandate election district, at each such meeting the commission shall elect a 
chairman of the meeting from among its members.
9. Upon request of three members of a commission, as well as by decision of 
a higher level election commission or judgment of a court, an election commission 
shall consider at its meeting matters within the scope of its competence, no later 
than  within three days of the submission of the request or the  adoption of the 
decision, but in  any case no later than on the day of voting; and on the day of 
voting (except for a precinct election commission), without delay.  A precinct 
election commission shall consider at its meeting matters within the scope of its 
competence upon request of the aforementioned commission members [submitted] 
on the day of voting, or at its meeting immediately after the close of voting in case 
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10. Any decision of an election commission shall be adopted in an open vote 
by a majority of the commission members, except in cases provided for by this 
Law.
11.  Any decision of a commission shall come into effect as soon as it is 
adopted, except in cases provided for by this Law.
12.  On the day of voting, and  in particular during vote counting and
tabulation  of the voting results within an election district, if at the meeting of a 
district or precinct election commission less than two-thirds of the commission 
members are present, decisions of the commission shall be adopted by at least twothirds of the commission members present at the commission meeting.
13.  Any member of an election commission present at a meeting who 
disagrees with the commission’s decision shall have the right  to file a written
dissenting  opinion on the decision within two days of the meeting at which the 
decision was adopted; the opinion shall be attached to the minutes of the respective 
meeting of the election commission and shall constitute an integral part thereof.
14.  A decision of an election commission made within the scope of its 
competence shall be binding upon all electoral subjects, state executive  bodies,
state  bodies of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and local self-government 
bodies,  their officials,  enterprises,  institutions,  establishments,  organizations and 
their officials,  mass media organizations,  their owners,  officials and production 
personnel, and civic associations.
15.  Any decision of an election commission which fails to comply with 
Laws of Ukraine or has been adopted beyond the scope of its powers can be 
canceled by the higher level election commission or considered illegal and 
repealed by a court. In such case, the higher level commission shall have the right 
to make a decision on the merits of the issue.
16.  Applications, complaints and other documents filed with an election 
commission shall be accepted and registered in accordance with procedures 
approved by a decision of the Central Election Commission.39
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17.  In order to ensure  organizational,  legal, and  technical support for the 
exercise of the powers provided for by this Law, an election commission shall be 
granted the right to engage, on the basis of contracts, relevant specialists, experts, 
and technical personnel. 
18. No one may interfere with the activities of election commissions, except 
in cases stipulated by the law.
Article 34. The Right to Be Present at an Election Commission’s Meeting
1.  Parties’ representatives to the  Central Election Commission who have 
been registered pursuant to this Law shall be entitled to participate in the meeting 
of the Central Election Commission in an advisory capacity.
2. The following persons shall also be entitled to participate in meetings of 
the Central Election Commission without any permission or invitation:
1) MP candidates,  their proxies and authorized persons of the parties
(together no more than two persons from one party and no more than
one person from each candidate); 
2) official observers from non-governmental organizations that have 
been granted permission to have official observers during the election 
of MPs (together no more than two persons from one nongovernmental organization); 
3) official observers from foreign states and international organizations;
4) mass media representatives (no more than two persons from each 
mass media organization). 
3.  At meetings of a district or precinct election commission, in particular 
during vote counting and tabulation of the voting results on the day of voting at the 
voting premises, only the following persons shall be entitled to be present without 
any permission or invitation of the respective commission:
1) members of the higher level election commissions;
2) MP candidates, their proxies, and authorized persons of the parties (no 
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3) official observers of a party that has  nominated candidates to the 
nationwide election district,  or of a candidate in a  single-mandate 
election district, or of a non-governmental organization (no more than 
one person from each party,  candidate, or non-governmental
organization); 
4) official observers from foreign states and international organizations;
5) mass media representatives (no more than two persons from each 
mass media organization).
4. Persons other than those listed in Part three of this Article and Part one of 
Article 82 of this Law may be present at a meeting of an election commission only 
on permission or invitation of the commission, which shall be approved by the 
decision made at  a meeting of the election commission. Presence of persons not 
listed in Part three of this Article at the election precinct during the voting or at a 
meeting of the election precinct during vote counting and tabulation of voting 
results shall be prohibited.
5. An election commission may adopt a reasoned decision to deprive any of 
the  persons listed in  Part two,  clauses 2 – 5 of  Part three,  and Part four of this 
Article, of the right to be present at the meeting if they illegally hinder the conduct 
of the meeting. Such a decision shall be taken by no less than  two-thirds of the 
commission members present at the meeting. 
6. Law enforcement officials shall ensure the protection of law and order on 
the day of voting and during the vote counting only outside the voting  premises. 
Should any violations of law and order occur inside the voting  premises, the 
deputy head or the secretary of a commission may invite them inside the voting 
premises to take such measures as are necessary, and only for as long as necessary, 
to restore law and order. 
Article 35. Documenting the Activities of District and Precinct 
Election Commissions
1. The activities of the district and precinct election commissions shall be 
documented in accordance with the procedures provided for by this Article and in 
accordance with procedure for keeping records of election commissions approved 
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2. At a meeting of an election commission, minutes of the meeting shall be 
kept by the secretary of the commission. Should the secretary of a commission be 
absent or fail to exercise his or her duties at the meeting, the commission shall 
appoint a secretary of the meeting from among its members who shall exercise the 
duties of the secretary at the respective meeting and complete the documents of the 
meeting. The minutes of a commission meeting shall be signed by the chairperson 
of the meeting and by the secretary of the commission (or by the secretary of the 
meeting). Members of a commission shall be granted access to the minutes of a 
commission meeting, upon their request, no later than at  the next  commission 
meeting, and each member of the commission shall have the right to sign the 
minutes. The protocol of a commission meeting can be released to an electoral 
subject upon his or her request no later than at the next commission meeting.
3. A decision of an election commission on any issue considered shall be 
drawn up in the form of a resolution which shall include:
1) the name of the commission;
2) the name of the resolution;
3) the time, date, and place of adoption and the number of the resolution; 
4) a  rationale with reference to the circumstances that caused 
consideration of the issue at the commission meeting and references to 
the respective provisions of normative legal acts or the resolution of a 
higher level election commission or a court judgment that the 
commission had in mind when adopting its resolution;
5) an operative part.
4. A resolution shall be signed by the head of the election commission (by 
the chairperson of the meeting) and by the secretary of  the  election commission 
(the secretary of the meeting). The content and the number of the resolution shall 
be indicated in the respective minutes of the election commission meeting.
5. Any resolution adopted by a district or precinct election commission shall 
be placed on the official information stand of the commission for public review no 
later than the morning after the day on which it was adopted; and if adopted on the 
day preceding the day of voting, on the day of voting, or  in the course of vote 
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four hours after the end of the meeting of the election commission. Any resolution 
adopted by a district election commission shall be dispatched to the Central 
Election Commission for publication on its official website. A copy of a resolution
adopted by a district or precinct election commission, certified by the head of the 
election commission or the deputy head and by the secretary of the election 
commission and affixed with the seal of the election commission, shall be issued to 
the electoral subject whom it concerns, upon his or her request, no later than four 
hours after its adoption; and if adopted on the day preceding the day of voting or 
on the day of voting, it shall be issued without delay. The official information 
stand of the commission shall be installed in the commission’s premises, in a place 
freely accessible to the visitors.
6. With respect to its current activities, a commission shall be entitled to 
make protocol decisions the content of which shall be entered in the minutes of the 
election commission and shall not be drawn up as a separate document.
7.  An election commission shall draw up reports and protocols.  A 
commission report shall confirm a certain fact or event detected and approved by 
the  commission.  A commission protocol shall present the results of actions 
performed by the commission.
8. Reports and protocols of an election commission shall be drawn up in 
cases provided for by this Law,  in accordance with the  forms approved  by a 
decision of the  Central Election Commission,  and in the number of copies 
specified by this Law. Any commission report or protocol shall be signed by all 
members of the election commission present at the meeting and affixed with the 
seal of the commission. MP candidates present at a meeting, representatives of 
parties to the Central Election Commission, or the authorized persons of parties, as 
well as official observers shall be entitled to sign the first copy of the report or 
protocol. 
Article 36. Status of Member of an Election Commission
1. The status of a member of the Central Election Commission shall be 
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2. The status of a member of a district or precinct election  commission, as 
well as the procedure for acquiring such a status, shall be determined by this Law.
3. At the first meeting of an election commission attended by a member of a 
district or precinct election commission,  he or she shall familiarize himself or 
herself with the provisions of Parts seven –twelve of this Article and shall take an 
oath which shall read as follows: 
“I (last name, first name, patronymic), undertaking the powers of a member 
of the election commission and  understanding my high responsibility to the 
Ukrainian people, do swear that I will abide by the Constitution of Ukraine and the 
election Laws of Ukraine, exercise my duties honestly and in good faith, based on 
the principles of the rule of law, legality, objectivity and impartiality,  ensure the 
exercise and protection of the electoral rights of the citizens of Ukraine."
4.  A person who has taken  the oath shall sign the text of  the  oath.  This 
document shall be an integral part of the documentation of the respective 
commission. Upon taking an oath, the member of a commission shall be given an 
identification document of a form approved by the Central Election Commission, 
signed by the head of the higher level commission. 
5.  A refusal to take an oath shall mean a refusal to be a member of a 
commission.
6. Upon a decision of the election commission approved by the higher level 
election commission,  the head,  deputy head, secretary,  or other members of a 
district or precinct election commission (no more than three persons in total), 
during the entire term of office of an election commission or any part of such term, 
may exercise their powers in the election commission in accordance with Article
47 of this Law on a paid basis, under a civil contract with the election commission. 
For such period, the aforementioned persons shall be released from performing any 
working or official duties at their main  place of employment while their  general 
and special length of service shall be retained. 
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1) participate in the preparation of the issues submitted for consideration 
to the election commission;
2) be given a floor at the meetings of an election commission,  ask 
questions of other participants of the meeting regarding the agenda, 
submit proposals regarding issues falling within the competence of a 
commission; 
3) upon instruction of the respective election commission, check the 
activities of any lower level election commissions;
4) have unimpeded access to the documents of the election commission
of which he or she is a member, and of  any  lower level  election 
commissions within the respective territory; 
5) be compensated for any damage to his or her health, life or property in 
connection with the performance of duties of a member of the election 
commission, including coverage of trip costs related to the 
performance of the duties of the member of the commission, in 
accordance with the procedure and in the amount set forth by the 
Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
8.  A member of an election commission  shall be neither dismissed nor 
transferred to a lower position for reasons connected with the performance of his or 
her duties in the election commission.
9. Every member of an election commission shall:
1) adhere to the Constitution of Ukraine,  this Law and other  Laws of 
Ukraine, as well as to legislative  acts governing the preparation and 
conduct of elections; 
2) participate in the meetings of the election commission;
3) implement the decisions of the election commission and perform the 
duties entrusted to him or her in accordance with their distribution 
within the commission. 
10. Every member of an election commission shall also have other rights and 
duties as provided by this Law and other Laws of Ukraine. 
11. While  performing the duties of a member of  an election commission 
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implement this Law or election commission decisions), each member of the 
election commission shall have guarantees and compensations  specified by
applicable legislation for employees for the period of performance of state or 
public duties during working hours. Members of an election commission shall be 
released from performing official duties at their main places of employment for the 
time required to perform their duties as members of a commission, based on a 
written notice issued by the head, deputy head or the secretary of the respective 
election commission of the convocation of a commission meeting or of a decision
of the election commission to engage the member of the commission in any other 
activities provided for by this Law. Such notifications or decisions should specify 
the date, time,  and planned  duration of a meeting of the election commission or 
any other activity.
12.  For the entire term of his or her office, a member of an election 
commission shall not campaign for or against any party or MP candidate, or 
publicly assess the activities of a party that is an electoral subject or of  MP 
candidates. 
Article 37. Early Termination of Office of an Election Commission 
or of a Member of an Election Commission
1. The office  of all members of a district or precinct election commission 
may be terminated before the expiration of their ordinary term by a decision of the 
higher level commission that established it, by a decision of the commission itself, 
or by a  judgment of a court in cases of systematic violation or one-time gross 
violation by the commission of the Constitution of Ukraine, this Law, or  other 
Laws of Ukraine.
2. Early termination of office of all members of an election commission shall 
not be considered to be termination of the commission.
3. The office of an individual member of a district or precinct election 
commission may be terminated before the expiration of its ordinary term by a 
decision of the higher level commission on the grounds of: 
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2) the filing of a submission seeking replacement of a member of the election 
commission by the  entity  nominating the member to the election 
commission;
3) termination of his or her Ukrainian citizenship; 
4) his or her departure for the period up to the day of voting inclusive abroad or 
from the country in the territory of which an out-of-country election precinct 
was established, which results  in impossibility to perform the duties of 
member of a commission;
5) his or her registration as an MP candidate, a deputy candidate to the 
Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, a deputy candidate 
to a local council or a candidate for a village,  town or city mayor,  if the 
aforementioned election  is  conducted simultaneously with the election of 
MPs; 
6) his or her registration as a party’s  representative  to  the Central Election 
Commission, an official observer, a party’s authorized person, a proxy of an 
MP candidate, or a proxy of a deputy candidate to the Verkhovna Rada of 
the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, deputy candidate to a local council or 
candidate for a village, town or city mayor, a representative or an authorized 
person of a local party organization,  if the aforementioned elections are 
conducted simultaneously with the election of MPs; 
7) his or her appointment to another election commission responsible for 
preparation and conduct of the election of MPs or the election of the 
deputies of the  Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, 
deputies of local councils, or village, town or city mayors,  if the 
aforementioned elections are conducted simultaneously with the election of 
MPs;
8) his or her refusal to take the oath of a commission member;
9) violation of the oath of a commission member in the form of a systematic 
failure to perform his or her duties ascertained by at least two decisions 
thereon adopted by the election commission of which he or she is a member; 
10) a single instance of gross violation of the  Laws of Ukraine on elections 
ascertained by a court judgment or by a decision of the higher level election 
commission; 
11) if a  judgment of a court comes  into  legal force, whereby he or she was 
found guilty of committing a  grave or especially grave crime or a crime 
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12) discovery of the fact of criminal record for committing a grave or
especially grave crime or a crime against citizens’ electoral rights, unless 
such a record has been cleared or canceled;
13) his or her being declared incompetent;
14) his or her death.
4. Should any of the grounds provided for by clauses 5 – 8, 11 – 14 of Part 
three of this Article appear, the office of the member of an election commission 
shall be terminated from the moment they appear or are detected; and as regards
the grounds provided for by clauses 1, 2, 4, 9, 10 of Part three of this Article, from 
the moment the commission that established it  adopts a decision  on early 
termination of his or her office.
A person who has filed an application seeking early termination of his or her 
office  shall continue to act as the election commission’s head, deputy head, 
secretary, or member up to the point when the commission that established the 
respective commission takes a decision on early termination of his or her office.
5. An election commission that adopts a decision on early termination of the 
office of all the members of an election commission or of a member of an election 
commission shall no later than on the following day notify the  entity  that 
nominated the person(s) to the election commission of the termination.
6.  In case of early termination of office of all members of  an  election 
commission, the respective higher level election commission shall, no later than on 
the third  day following the day of termination of office of all members of the 
commission, but in any case no later than on the day preceding the day of voting, 
approve  a  new composition of the election commission in accordance with the 
procedure set forth by this Law.
7. If the early termination of office of a member of an election commission
results in a decrease in the number of members of the election commission below 
the minimum limits specified  in Part one  of Article 27 or  Parts two or three  of 
Article 28 of this Law, or in connection with the replacement of a member of an 
election commission,  the respective higher-level  election commission shall, no 
later than on the third day following the day of termination of his or her office, but 
no later than on the day preceding the day of voting, appoint to the commission, in 
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another person from among the nominees proposed by the  entities specified in 
clause 2 of Part two of Article 27 or Part four of Article 28 of this Law, instead of 
the member whose office has been terminated, to bring the composition of such 
election commission in compliance with the  minimum requirements for a 
commission’s composition; and if a submission is filed seeking replacement of a 
member of an election commission simultaneously with early termination of his or 
her office, it shall appoint to the respective commission a nominee from the same 
entity.
8.  Should a decision on early termination of office of a member of an 
election commission be adopted on the day preceding the day of voting, such 
decision shall be adopted simultaneously with the decision appointing the 
replacement member of the respective election commission nominated by the same 
entity.
9. If the head, deputy  head, or the secretary of an election commission 
regularly fails to perform his  or her duties, the respective district election 
commission or precinct election commission shall be entitled to make a submission 
to the election commission that established it with a reasoned request that he or she 
be replaced, provided that such submission is supported by at least two-thirds of all 
the members of the commission; if the head, deputy head, or the secretary of an 
election commission refuses to exercise his or her powers, he or she may 
personally submit  a statement on resignation  to the election commission  that 
established it. The aforementioned submission or statement shall be a subject to 
mandatory consideration within the terms of Part seven of this Article. A decision 
replacing the head, deputy head, or the secretary of an election commission shall 
not necessarily result in termination of his or her office as a member of the election 
commission. Such decision shall be adopted in accordance with the requirements 
of Part ten of Article 27 and Part eleven of Article 28 of this Law.
10. A new head, deputy head, or secretary of an election commission shall 
be appointed in accordance with the procedure specified by this Law.
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1. An election commission shall acquire and lose legal personality pursuant 
to the procedure set forth by the Laws of Ukraine, having regard to the specifics 
established by this Law.
2. A district election commission shall acquire the status of a legal person at 
the time of the entry of information on the commission into the Unified State 
Register of Legal Persons and Private Entrepreneurs.
3. To make an entry of information on a district election commission into the 
Unified State Register of Legal Entities and Private Entrepreneurs, the head of a 
commission or, in case of his or her absence, the deputy head shall, no later than on 
the fourth  day following the day of the establishment of the commission,
personally submit to the state registrar at the location of the district election 
commission a copy of the respective resolution of the Central Election 
Commission on the establishment of the commission and a completed standard 
registration form. The  district election commission shall be registered as a legal 
person on the day of the receipt of documents submitted for its state registration as 
a legal person.
4.  No registration fee for the state registration of a district election 
commission as a legal person shall be paid. 
5. The status of a district election commission as a legal person shall  be 
terminated by making an entry in the Unified State Register of Legal Persons and 
Private Entrepreneurs on the conduct of state registration of the liquidation of the 
district election commission as a legal person.
6. No later than within five days following the day of official promulgation 
of the results of the election of MPs, the head of a district election commission or, 
in case of his or her absence, the deputy head shall personally apply to the 
registration authority with a written notification of the date of termination of the 
registration of the commission.
7.  Based on the notification  specified in  Part six  of this Article,  the 
information on the date of termination of a district election commission shall be 
published in the State Registration Bulletin,  which shall constitute the basis for 
making claims against the commission for any debts it may owe.50
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8. No fee shall be paid for the publication of an announcement in the State 
Registration Bulletin of the termination of a district election commission.
9. To officially register the termination of a district election commission as a 
legal person through its liquidation, the head of a commission or, in case of his or 
her absence, the deputy head shall, after the completion of the procedure for 
termination of the commission, but not earlier than thirty days following the day of 
official promulgation of the results of the election, personally submit to the state 
registrar at the location of a commission a completed standard registration form, a 
certificate issued by the archival institution on the receipt of the documents subject 
to long-term storage under the law, as well as the report on joint auditing 
conducted by bodies of financial control.  No additional documents shall be 
required for the state registration of the termination of a district election 
commission as a legal person through its liquidation.  The  bodies of financial 
control  shall be entitled  to perform audits and  issue respective reports within
fifteen days from the day of the official promulgation of the results of the election.
10. The head of a district election commission or, in his or her absence, the 
deputy head shall deliver to the Central Election Commission the excerpt from the 
Unified State Register of Legal Persons and Private Entrepreneurs  with
information on the conduct of state registration of the liquidation  of the election 
commission as a legal person.
Chapter V. VOTER LISTS
Article 39. Procedure for Compiling Preliminary Voter Lists for Regular 
Election Precincts 
1. The  State Voter Register maintenance bodies shall compile preliminary 
voter lists for regular election precincts in accordance with the  Law on the State 
Voter Register.  Preliminary voter lists for regular election precincts shall be 
compiled in accordance with the  procedures approved by the Central Election 
Commission. 
2. A preliminary voter list for a regular election precinct shall include the 
citizens of Ukraine who have reached or, as of the day of voting, will have reached 51
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eighteen years of age and whose voting address is within the precinct in 
accordance with the data of the State Voter Register. A voter shall be included in a 
preliminary voter list only in one election precinct. 
3. A preliminary voter list shall contain the last name, first name (all the first 
names),  patronymic (if any)  of the voter, his or her  date of birth, and  election 
address of according to the data of the State Voter Register. Voters shall be 
included in a preliminary voter list so that information on the voters having the 
same address shall be grouped.  A list shall have continuous numbering of the 
voters and continuous numbering of the pages. 
The form of a preliminary voter list  shall be approved by the Central 
Election Commission in accordance with the requirements of this Law.
4. If a voter whose place of voting has temporarily changed is included in a 
preliminary voter list, the column “Notes” shall contain, next to his or her name, 
the number and date of issuance of the document confirming his or her temporary 
change of the place of voting,  as well as the name of the State Voter Register 
maintenance body that issued the document.
The column “Notes”  of a preliminary voter list shall contain a note 
identifying voters with permanent inability to move without assistance.
5.  No later than twenty  days prior to the day of voting,  the State Voter 
Register maintenance body shall, in the  office where it is located, transfer one 
paper copy of  the preliminary voter lists to the relevant precinct  election 
commission. 
On behalf of the precinct election commission, a preliminary voter list shall 
be received by at least three members of this commission, one of whom shall be 
the head of the commission or, if he or she is not available, the deputy head or the 
secretary of the commission.
The delivery of the preliminary voter list shall be entered in a report, which 
shall be produced in two copies in accordance with the form approved by the 
Central Election Commission. One copy of the report shall be stored at the State 
Voter Register maintenance body and the other at the precinct  election 
commission.
6. A second copy of the preliminary voter list shall be stored at the State 
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Article 40. Procedure for Familiarizing Voters with the Preliminary 
Voter Lists in Regular Election Precincts 
and for Correction of Inaccuracies in Voter Lists
1. On the day following the day of the receipt of the preliminary voter list, a 
precinct election commission of a regular election precinct shall make it available 
for public review at the premises of the precinct election commission.
2. A precinct election commission of a regular election precinct shall send or 
deliver in  another manner to each voter a personal invitation,  by which it shall 
notify the voter of his or her inclusion in the preliminary voter list for the election 
precinct, the  address of the election precinct,  its telephone number and working 
schedule, as well as the time and place of voting. Voters who have been noted on 
the voter list as being  permanently unable to move without assistance shall be 
simultaneously notified that they shall be provided with an opportunity to vote  at 
their place of stay. Such notices shall be sent or delivered no later than fifteen days 
prior to the day of voting. 
The form of a personal invitation shall be approved by the Central Election 
Commission.
3.  A voter shall have the right  to  access the preliminary  voter list  at  the 
premises of the precinct election commission and to verify the correctness of the 
information it includes.
A voter may submit an application  to the precinct election commission or 
directly to the State Voter Register maintenance body,  seeking to correct  the 
preliminary voter list, in particular concerning  the inclusion or exclusion of the 
voter or any other persons in/from the voter list, as well as concerning the presence 
or absence  of a note indicating that  the  voter is  permanently unable to move 
without assistance. 
4. A voter shall personally submit an application concerning circumstances 
specified in Part three of this Article to the precinct election commission or directly 
to the State Voter Register maintenance body. Should a voter not be able to submit 
an application personally due to health reasons, the precinct election commission 
shall, upon application of such voter, provide for  the acceptance of application 
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The application shall be supplemented with documents (copies of
documents) certifying the information presented therein.
5. An application specified Part three  of this Article may be filed no later 
than five days prior to the day of voting, and shall be considered by the election 
commission within one day of receipt. An application submitted after the 
expiration of the aforementioned term shall not be reviewed.
6. Based on the results of reviewing an  application,  the precinct  election 
commission shall adopt a decision to deliver that application to  the State Voter 
Register maintenance body.  The  decision of the election commission shall be 
immediately sent to the relevant State Voter Register maintenance body along with 
the voter’s application and documents (copies of documents) appended thereto and
shall also be issued to the applicant no later than on the day following the day of its 
adoption.
7. The State Voter Register maintenance body shall ensure consideration of
voters’ applications in accordance with the procedure prescribed by the Law on the 
State Voter Register.
8. The State Voter Register maintenance body shall introduce the respective 
changes to the personal data in the State Voter Register in accordance with the 
procedure prescribed by the Law on the State Voter Register. 
9. The State Voter Register maintenance body shall immediately notify the 
respective precinct election commission of the results of the review of  voters’
applications.
10. An administrative lawsuit seeking to correct  a voter list may be filed 
with  a  court in accordance with the procedure prescribed by the Code of 
Administrative Adjudication of Ukraine. In considering such a lawsuit, the court 
shall address the respective State Voter Register maintenance body with a request 
to verify the authenticity of information on the voter. 
11. A court judgment requiring amendments to be made to the preliminary 
voter list shall be presented by the voter no later than five days before the day of 
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precinct election commission for immediate delivery to such body; and upon 
expiry of that term, to the district election commission.
Article 41. Procedure for Verification of Preliminary Voter Lists 
in Regular Election Precincts
1.  The heads of the bodies, establishments, or  institutions specified  by 
Article 22 of the Law on State Voter Register shall, no later than ten days prior to 
the day of voting, submit to the State Voter Register maintenance body the 
information specified in Article 22 of the Law on the State Voter Register in a form 
approved by the Central Election Commission.
2. The information specified by Part one of this Article shall be submitted in 
the electronic and paper forms as a list with a continuous numbering of both entries 
and pages. The authenticity of the submitted information shall be certified on each 
page by the signature of the head of the respective body,  establishment, or 
institution and by the respective seal affixed thereto.
3. No later than five days prior to the day of voting, the members of district 
and precinct election commissions shall submit to the State Voter Register 
maintenance body having jurisdiction over the location of the respective election 
precinct or of their own election address applications seeking a temporary change
in the voting place without a change of the election address in accordance with Part 
three  of Article 7  of the  Law on the State Voter Register. Members of district 
election commissions shall be included in the voter list for the election precinct 
closest to the location of the district election commission of which they are 
members. Members of precinct election commissions shall be included in the voter 
list for the election precinct in which they are members of the election commission. 
4.  The State Voter Register maintenance body shall compile a corrected 
voter list, based on the information submitted in accordance with Part one of this 
Article and decisions of the respective election commissions on the establishment 
of the precinct election commissions of special election precincts (as regards 
inclusion of the members of the precinct election commissions in the voter lists for 
the respective special election precinct), the results of consideration of the voters’
applications,  notifications of inclusion of voters in the voter list for the special 
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precincts, applications of members of the district and precinct election 
commissions submitted in accordance with  Part three  of this Article, and  court 
judgments received no later than five days prior to the day of voting.
5. The corrected voter lists shall be produced in accordance with the Law of 
Ukraine On the State Voter Register, in two copies, pursuant to the requirements of 
Parts three and four of Article 39 of this Law, and shall contain a column for the 
signatures of voters certifying the receipt of ballot papers.
6.  One paper copy of the corrected voter list shall be delivered to the 
respective precinct election commission, in accordance to the procedure specified 
by Part five of Article 39 of this Law, no later than two days prior to the day of 
voting.
A second copy of the corrected voter list shall be stored at the State Voter 
Register maintenance body.
Article 42. Making Changes and Adjustments to Corrected Voter List 
for a Regular Election Precinct
1. Amendments to the corrected voter list shall be made by the head or the 
deputy head and the secretary of the precinct election commission on the basis of a 
court judgment and notification from the State Voter Register maintenance body. 
2. On the day of voting, any changes to the corrected voter list shall be made 
only on the basis of a court judgment. 
3. Should a voter be included in the voter list for an election precinct under 
the procedure for making amendments to the corrected voter list, the information 
on the voter provided for by the form of the voter list shall be entered at the end of 
the list. In this case, the date and number of the court judgment or notification from
the State Voter Register maintenance body shall be entered in the column “Notes.”
4. The removal of a person who was wrongly included in the voter list shall 
be made by striking out, and the removal shall be certified in the column “Notes”
by the word “Excluded”  and the signatures of the head and the secretary of the 
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judgment or notification from the State Voter Register maintenance body shall be 
entered in the same column next to the voter’s last name. 
5. If it is found that a voter is included in  the  corrected voter lists two or 
more times,  in connection with receipt of a report from a precinct election 
commission on the inclusion of the voter in a voter list for another election 
precinct, then the State Voter Register maintenance body receiving such a report
shall notify without delay the respective [original]  precinct election commission, 
which must exclude the voter from the voter list for that precinct. 
6. In case of amendments being made to the voter list for a regular election 
precinct, the precinct election commission of the regular precinct shall dispatch the 
information on the voters included in or excluded from the voter list to the relevant 
State Voter Register maintenance body.
7. On the day of voting, the head, the deputy head, or the secretary of the 
precinct election commission shall correct all inaccuracies and technical errors in 
the  corrected voter list, namely, misspelled last names, first names (all the first 
names), patronymics (if any), errors in the date of birth, and number of the building 
and apartment of residence, provided that despite such technical errors it is obvious 
that the person on the voter list is the same person who has come to the election
precinct for voting. Such correction shall be certified in the column “Notes” by the 
signature of the head or deputy head or secretary of the precinct election 
commission. 
Article 43. Procedure for Compiling and Correcting Voter Lists 
for Special Election Precincts 
1. Voter lists for special election precincts (except precincts established in 
inpatient care establishments) shall be compiled no later than fifteen days prior to 
the day of voting by the respective precinct election commissions in a form 
approved by the Central Election Commission, based on information submitted by 
the heads of the respective establishments, institutions, Ukraine’s polar station, and 
captains of the ships where such election precincts were established.
2. Voter lists for special election precincts established in the inpatient care 
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by the respective precinct election commissions in a form approved by the Central 
Election Commission, based on information submitted by heads of the respective 
establishments. Voters about to leave  the care establishment prior to the day of 
voting shall not be included in the voter list for such a precinct.
3. For special election precincts established at penitentiary institutions or 
pretrial detention centers, State Voter Register maintenance bodies shall compile 
preliminary and corrected voter lists, which shall be delivered in accordance with 
the procedure and within the time frame specified by Articles 39 and 41 of this 
Law.
4. The information specified  in  Parts one and two  of this Article shall be 
submitted in one copy, signed by the head of the respective establishment, 
institution, polar station, or ship’s captain and affixed with the respective seal. The 
head of the respective establishment, institution, polar station, or the ship’s captain 
shall ensure the submission and authenticity of the aforementioned information to 
the precinct election commission no later than sixteen days prior to the day of 
voting; and the  head of an inpatient care establishment,  no later than nine days 
prior to the day of voting. 
The submission shall be filed in accordance with the form established by the 
Central Election Commission, and must contain, in relation to each voter,
information on:
1) last name, first name (all first names), patronymic (if any);
2) date of birth (date, month, year);
3) address of residence;
4) if appropriate, a mark in the “Notes” column indicating that the voter is 
permanently incapable of moving independently.
5. On the day following the day on which the voter list was compiled, the 
precinct election commission of a special election precinct shall make it available 
for public review at the premises of the precinct election commission. 
6. After compiling the voter list for a special election precinct, the precinct 
election commission shall  without delay  deliver the information on the voters 
included  in the voter list to the State Voter Register maintenance body having 
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The content of the voter list for a special election precinct established on a 
ship sailing under the National Flag of Ukraine or at Ukraine’s polar station shall 
be sent  via technical means of communication to the respective district election 
commission, which shall immediately send them to the State Voter Register 
maintenance body having jurisdiction over its location.
7. Should a voter arrive at an inpatient care establishment less than ten days 
prior to the day of voting, but more than three days prior to the day of voting, the 
respective precinct election commission shall correct the voter list by putting the 
voter on the voter list based on the information that shall be immediately submitted 
by the head of the respective establishment, whose signature shall be certified by 
the seal of the respective establishment.
8. A voter who arrives at an the inpatient care establishment located in the 
population center where he or she lives may apply less than three days prior to the 
day of voting to the election commission of the regular election precinct in which 
he or she is included on the voter list, seeking to vote at the place of his or her stay 
pursuant to procedures and within terms provided for by Article 86 of this Law. In 
this case, he or she shall not be included in the voter list for the special election 
precinct.
9. If a special election precinct is established in an exceptional case under 
Part eight of Article 21 of this Law, the voter list shall be compiled by the precinct 
election commission no later than seven days prior to the day of voting, based on 
the information submitted by the head of the respective establishment, institution, 
or the ship’s captain. The aforementioned information shall be submitted no later 
than eight days prior to the day of voting in one copy signed by the head of the 
establishment, institution, or the ship’s captain and certified by the respective seal. 
After compiling the  voter list for  such election precinct,  the precinct election 
commission shall without delay deliver the information on the voters in the voter 
list to the State Voter Register maintenance body having jurisdiction over its 
location. The election commission of a precinct established on a ship sailing under 
the National Flag of Ukraine or at Ukraine’s polar station shall send the content of 
the voter list  via technical means of communication to  the respective district 
election commission, which shall immediately send them to the State Voter 
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10. A voter shall be entitled to apply to the precinct election commission of 
the special election precinct or directly to a court  in respect of circumstances
provided for by Part three of Article 40 of this Law. 
11. A voter shall personally submit an application to a precinct election 
commission of a special election precinct.
12. An application specified in Part 10 of this Article may be submitted to 
the respective precinct election commission no later than three days prior to the 
day of voting.  Such application shall be immediately  considered by the election 
commission. Based on the results of consideration of the application, the election 
commission shall adopt a decision  to make amendments  to the voter list or a 
reasoned decision to dismiss the application. A copy of the decision shall be issued 
to the voter on the day of its  adoption. An application submitted to the election 
commission after expiration of the aforementioned term shall remain without 
consideration. 
13. An administrative lawsuit seeking to correct the voter list shall be filed 
with a court under the procedure and within the terms prescribed by the Code of 
Administrative Adjudication of Ukraine.
14. When changes are made to the voter list for a special election precinct, 
the  precinct  election commission of the special election precinct shall without 
delay send the information on the voters included in or excluded from the voter list 
to the relevant State Voter Register maintenance body.
15. If such information is received less than five days prior to the day of 
voting and it is found that a voter is included two or more times in the list of voters 
at some other election precinct(s), the State Voter Register maintenance body shall 
without delay report this to the respective precinct election commission.
16. The members of a precinct election commission of a special election 
precinct shall be included in the voter list for that election precinct on the basis of 
the decision of the respective election commission to establish the precinct election 
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Article 44. Procedure for Compiling and Verification of Voter Lists 
for Out-of-Country Election Precincts
1. After the establishment of the out-of-country election precincts, the State 
Voter Register maintenance body  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine 
shall compile the preliminary voter lists for each out-of-country election precinct in 
accordance with the requirements of the Law on the State Voter Register. The form 
of the preliminary voter list shall be approved in accordance with  Part three  of 
Article 39 of this Law.
2. The preliminary voter lists for an  out-of-country election precinct shall 
include the citizens of Ukraine who have reached or, as of the day of voting will
have reached, eighteen years of age,  have a right to vote,  and whose election 
addresses are located outside Ukraine.
3. A voter residing or staying in Ukraine who on the day of voting will be 
abroad may, no later than five days prior to the day of voting, submit to the State 
Voter Register maintenance body at his or her election address or the State Voter 
Register maintenance body  at  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine a 
reasoned application seeking to temporarily change his or her voting place without 
a change of the election address.
4. No later than twenty-two days prior to the day of voting, the Ministry of 
Foreign Affairs of Ukraine shall deliver one paper copy of the preliminary voting 
list to the respective precinct election commissions. A second copy of the list shall 
be stored at the State Voter Register maintenance body at the Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs of Ukraine.
5. On the day following the day of the receipt of the preliminary voter list, 
the precinct election commission of an out-of-country election precinct shall make 
it available for public review at the premises of the precinct election commission.
6. The familiarization of voters with the preliminary voter list for an out-ofcountry election precinct  shall be conducted in accordance with the procedure 
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7. Within the time framework prescribed by Part five of Article 40 of this 
Law, a voter shall have the right  to submit to the respective precinct election 
commission an application regarding inaccuracies in the preliminary voter list for 
an  out-of-country election precinct, to which the required documents (copies of 
documents) shall be attached.
8. A voter’s application under Part seven of this Article shall immediately be 
sent through the respective out-of-country diplomatic institution of Ukraine to the 
State Voter Register maintenance body  at  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 
Ukraine.
The out-of-country diplomatic institution of Ukraine shall also deliver a 
copy of such application to the State Voter Register maintenance body at the 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine via technical means of communication.
9.  The State Voter Register maintenance body  at the Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs of Ukraine  shall produce the  corrected voter list, based on information 
submitted in accordance with the Law on the State Voter Register and the results of 
consideration of the voters’ applications.
No later than two days prior to the date of voting, the State Voter Register 
maintenance body at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine shall deliver one 
copy of the  corrected voter list to the respective precinct election commission of 
the out-of-country election precinct.
A second copy of the  corrected voter list shall be stored at the State Voter 
Register maintenance body at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
10. On the day of voting, amendments to the corrected voter list for an outof-country election precinct shall be made only by the head or the deputy head and 
the secretary of the election commission, and only through correction of 
inaccuracies and technical errors under the procedure laid down in  Part seven of 
Article 42 of this Law.
Chapter VI
FINANCIAL, MATERIAL, AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT
FOR THE PREPARATION AND CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS OF 
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Article 45. Financing the Election of Members of Parliament 
1.  Expenditures relating  to  the preparation and conduct of the election of 
MPs shall be covered solely at the expense of the funds of the State Budget of 
Ukraine allocated for the preparation and conduct on the election of MPs, as well 
as at the expense of resources of electoral funds of parties whose MP candidates 
were registered in the nationwide election district and of MP candidates in the 
single-mandate election districts. 
2.  To finance their election campaigning, parties whose  candidates are 
registered in the nationwide election district and MP candidates in a singlemandate election district shall each establish an electoral fund, which shall be 
formed in accordance with procedures provided for by this Law. 
3. The financing of election campaigning activities or materials from sources 
other than those specified in Part two of this Article, with or without the approval 
of parties that are electoral subjects or MP candidates, shall be prohibited.
Article 46. Financial Support for the Preparation and Conduct 
of Election of Members of Parliament at the Expense of State Budget of 
Ukraine 
1. Expenditures relating to the preparation and conduct of regular, pre-term,
repeat election of MPs,  or  by-election of MPs shall be covered solely at the 
expense of the funds of the State Budget of Ukraine allocated for preparation and 
conduct of the election of MPs, and shall be provided by the Central Election 
Commission which shall be the principal administrator of such funds. 
2. The amount of funds for preparation and conduct of the regular, pre-term, 
repeat election of MPs, or by-election of MPs is shall be set as a separate item line 
in the Law on the State Budget of Ukraine based upon submission of the Central 
Election Commission. Expenditures relating to the preparation and conduct of the 
pre-term election of MPs may be covered from the reserve budget fund in 
accordance with the procedure approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
3.  Expenditures relating to the preparation and conduct of the election of 
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commissions in accordance with the separate budgets of expenditures approved by 
the Central Election Commission, within the overall amount of funds allocated for 
preparation and conduct of the election from the State Budget of Ukraine.
4. The resources relating to the preparation and conduct of regular and preterm elections of MPs  provided for by  the State Budget of Ukraine shall be 
transferred by the specially authorized central executive body for implementation 
of state policy in the area of treasury management of the  budget funds to the 
Central Election Commission within three days following the day of 
announcement of the start of the election process in accordance with the items of 
expenses of the State Budget of Ukraine.
The resources relating to the preparation and conduct of repeat elections and 
by-term elections of MPs provided for by  the State Budget of Ukraine shall be 
transferred by the specially authorized central executive body  for the 
implementation of state policy in the area of treasury management of the budget 
funds to the Central Election Commission within three days following the day of 
calling of the respective elections by the Central Election Commission in 
accordance with the items of expenses of the State Budget of Ukraine.
5. The Central Election Commission shall approve the average expenditure 
amounts of a district election commission,  as well as the  average expenditure 
amounts to address the needs of the precinct election commissions which shall 
cover, in particular, expenditures relating to  the lease of the premises of the 
election commissions, payments for the use of facilities and technical resources, 
and remuneration for the work of the members of the election commissions.
6. Within ten days from the day of its establishment, each district election 
commission shall, based on the average expenditure amounts approved in 
accordance with Part five of this Article, prepare a unified budget of expenditures 
for the preparation and conduct of the election which shall include the expenditures 
of the district election commission, as well as the expenditures to cover the needs 
of the precinct election commissions. The unified budget of expenses of a district 
election commission shall be subject to approval by the Central Election 
Commission.
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authorized central executive body for development and implementation of the 
financial policy of the state. 
8. Within ten  days of the day of the  official promulgation  of the election 
results, each district election commission shall transfer to the account of the 
Central Election Commission any funds of the State Budget of Ukraine which have 
not been spent by the district election commission in the preparation for and 
conduct of the elections. Within three days from the day of the receipt of these 
funds, the specially authorized central executive body  for the implementation of 
state policy in the area of treasury management of the budget funds shall inform 
the Central Election Commission of the return of such funds to the account of the 
Central Election Commission. 
9. Within fifteen days of the day of the official promulgation of the election 
results, each district election commission shall draw up and submit to the Central 
Election Commission, in accordance with  procedures established by the Central 
Election Commission,  a financial report, of a form approved by the Central 
Election Commission jointly with the specially authorized central executive body 
for the implementation of state policy in the area of treasury management of the 
budget funds, on the receipt and use of the funds of the State Budget of Ukraine for 
preparation and conduct of elections.
10. The control over appropriate  and purposeful use of the funds allocated 
from the State Budget of Ukraine for the preparation and conduct of the election of 
MPs shall be exercised by the Central Election Commission and by the specially 
authorized central executive body for the implementation of state policy in the area 
of public financial control in accordance with procedures approved by the Central 
Election Commission jointly with the specially authorized central executive body 
for development and implementation of the financial policy of the state. 
Article 47. Remuneration of Members of Election Commissions and Persons 
Engaged in Activities of Election Commissions
1. The performance of the duties of a member of an election commission on 
a paid basis shall be covered at the expense of the funds of the State Budget of 
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limits and in accordance with procedures approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of 
Ukraine upon submission of the Central Election Commission.
2. The remuneration to a member of the election commission who has been 
released from performance of the working or official duties at his or her principal 
place of employment shall not be lower than his or her average salary at the 
principal  place of employment. The remuneration  to  a member of an election 
commission who is a pensioner or temporarily unemployed shall not be lower than
the minimum salary as of the day of calculation of the remuneration.
3. Within the scope of the general savings of the remuneration fund allocated 
by the budget of expenditures of the respective election commission for  the 
preparation and conduct of the election of MPs, members of the election 
commissions can be paid a one-time remuneration in accordance with procedures 
approved by the Central Election Commission.
4.  Remuneration for the work  of the  members of election commissions
(including pensioners and temporarily unemployed persons) on the day of voting 
and on the days of tabulation of the voting results shall be paid within the limits 
and in accordance with procedures approved by the Cabinet  of Ministers of 
Ukraine upon submission of the Central Election Commission. 
5. Remuneration for the work of the persons specified in Part three of Article
30 and Part seventeen of Article 33 of this Law shall be paid at the expense of the 
funds of the State Budget of Ukraine allocated for the preparation and conduct of 
election, within the limits and in accordance with procedures approved by the 
Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The remuneration amount for such persons shall 
not be lower than the  minimum salary  as of the day of calculation of the 
remuneration. 
6. Work related to the preparation and conduct of elections performed by 
persons registered as unemployed under the law shall not constitute a reason for 
cancellation of registration of such persons at the State Employment Service as 
those seeking employment, or for termination of the payment of social 
unemployment benefits or other types of social benefits.66
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7. The payment of remuneration to members of an election commission, as 
well as to persons engaged in the activities of the commission, in particular on the 
day of voting and on the days of tabulation of the voting and election results, may 
not be  a reason for cancellation,  restriction, or decrease in any types of social 
payments, pensions, or subsidies for reimbursement of expenses related to housing 
and utility payment, etc.
Article 48. Electoral Funds of Parties and MP Candidates in Single-Mandate 
Election Districts
1. A party whose MP candidates were registered in the nationwide election 
district, as well as an MP candidate in a single-mandate election district, shall open 
an electoral fund account no later than on the tenth day following the day of 
registration by the Central Election Commission.
The electoral fund of a party whose MP candidates were registered in a 
nationwide election district (hereinafter, the electoral fund of a party) shall have 
one accumulation account to which the funds for financing the election campaign 
of such  electoral subject  shall be transferred, as well as current accounts from 
which the expenditures relating to  election campaigning shall be covered.
Resources shall be transferred to the  current accounts of a party’s electoral fund 
exclusively from the accumulation account of its electoral fund. An accumulation 
account of  a party’s  electoral fund shall be opened on the basis of a copy of the 
decision of the Central Election Commission on registration of the MP candidates
included in the electoral list of a party.  A current account of a party’s  electoral 
fund shall be opened on the basis of a banking institution’s certificate on the 
opening of a party’s accumulation account.
The electoral fund of an MP candidate in a single-mandate election district 
shall have one current account to which the funds for financing the election 
campaign shall be transferred. An accumulation account of the electoral fund shall 
be opened on the basis of a copy of the decision of the Central Election 
Commission  on registration of the MP candidate in the single-mandate election 
district.
2.  A party shall open the accumulation account of its electoral fund  at  a 
banking institution of Ukraine located in the city of Kyiv, which shall be chosen at 
its sole discretion. An MP candidate in a single-mandate election district shall open 
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which shall be chosen at his or her sole discretion,  at the location of the district 
election commission. A party  or  an MP candidate in a single-mandate election 
district shall open the respective accounts of its/his/her electoral fund only in the 
national currency.
3. A party may open no more than one current account of its electoral fund 
in each single-mandate election district. One current account of a party’s electoral 
fund may be used for several single-mandate election districts. 
4.  The procedure for opening and closing the accounts of electoral funds
shall be approved no later than eighty-three days prior to the day of voting by the 
National Bank of Ukraine in coordination with the Central Election Commission. 
5. The banking institutions’ services relating to the opening and closing of 
the accounts of the electoral fund, as well as to the functioning thereof, shall be 
delivered free of charge.  A banking institution shall neither accrue nor pay any 
interests on the funds maintained in the accounts of the electoral fund of a party. 
6. No later than on the next business day following the day of opening of the 
accumulation or current account of the electoral fund of a party or MP candidate in 
a single-mandate election district, the banking institution shall notify the Central 
Election Commission in writing of the opening of the respective account and its 
details. 
7. The information on the opening of the accumulation account of a party’s 
electoral fund and their respective details shall be published a single time by the 
Central Election Commission  in the newspapers  Holos Ukrainy  and Uriadovyy 
Courier and the information on the opening of the current account of the electoral 
fund of an MP candidate in a single-mandate election district and their respective 
details shall be published  a single time by the Central Election Commission in 
regional or local printed mass media  no later than on the fifth day following the 
day of the receipt of notification from the banking institution of the opening of the 
respective account of the electoral fund, at the expense of the funds allocated for 
the preparation and conduct of the elections from the State Budget of Ukraine.
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fund of a party or MP candidate in a single-mandate election district shall be 
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8. The funds in the current accounts of the electoral fund shall be spent in a 
cashless form.
9.  The spending of the funds from current accounts of the electoral fund 
shall be terminated at 18:00 on the last day prior to the day of voting. 
10. Should a repeat election be called in a single-mandate election district, 
the spending of the funds from the electoral funds of MP candidates included on 
the ballot for the repeat election shall be renewed from the day of the adoption of 
the decision calling the repeat election.
11.  Seizure of the funds  in  the accounts of  an  electoral fund shall not be 
allowed.
12. Closing of the accounts or termination of transactions in the accounts of 
the electoral fund before the deadline specified in Part nine of this Article shall not 
be allowed. 
Article 49. Managers of an Electoral Fund
1. A party shall, from among the candidates included in its electoral list or 
from among its authorized persons in a nationwide election district  specified in 
Part five of Article 75 of this Law,  appoint no more than two managers of the 
accumulation account of the party’s electoral fund. An MP candidate in a singlemandate election district may be the manager of the current account of his or her 
own electoral fund, or may appoint no more than one manager from among his or
her proxies. The managers of the accumulation account of a party’s electoral fund 
shall have the exclusive right to use the funds in the accumulation account of the 
electoral fund of a party, while the manager of the current account of the electoral 
fund  of an MP candidate in a single-mandate election district shall have the 
exclusive right to use the funds in the current account of the electoral fund of the 
respective MP candidate.
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appoint one manager for each current account of the party’s  electoral fund, who 
shall have the exclusive right to use the funds in the respective current account of
the party’s electoral fund. 
3. The managers of the accumulation account of the electoral fund of a party 
shall keep the records of the receipt and distribution of the  resources of  the 
electoral fund between the current accounts. The manager of the current accounts 
of an  electoral fund shall ensure observance of financial discipline,  as well as 
purposeful use of the resources of the electoral fund. 
4. A banking institution at which the accumulation or current account of an 
electoral fund  has been  opened shall, on a weekly basis or upon request of the 
manager of the resources of the respective electoral fund, provide the latter with 
information on the amounts and sources of donations transferred to the accounts of 
the electoral fund, as well as with information on the flow of resources and on the 
remaining resources.
5. The manager of the current account of an electoral fund shall keep records 
of the use of the funds in the respective current account of the electoral fund. 
No later than on the seventh day following the day of voting, the manager of 
the current account of a party’s electoral fund shall submit to the manager of the 
accumulation account of the party’s electoral fund a financial report on the use of 
resources in the respective current account of the electoral fund. 
6. The manager of the accumulation account of a party’s electoral fund shall, 
no later than on the fifteenth day following the day of voting, submit to the Central 
Election Commission a financial report on the receipt and use of the resources of 
the electoral fund, which shall be made public on the official website of the Central 
Election Commission.
The manager of the current account of the electoral fund of an MP candidate 
in a single-mandate district shall, no later than on the tenth day following the day 
of voting, submit to the Central Election Commission a financial report on the 
receipt and use of the resources of the electoral fund.
7.  The financial reports shall be analyzed by the Central Election 
Commission. Should any signs of  violations of the requirements of this Law be
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Election Commission shall report this fact to the relevant law-enforcement bodies, 
which shall hold an inquiry and react in accordance with the law.
8. The forms of the financial reports specified in Parts five and six of this 
Article shall be approved by the Central Election Commission no later than eighty 
days prior to the day of voting. 
Article 50. Formation of an Electoral Fund and Use of Its Resources
1.  The electoral fund of a party shall be formed from the party’s own 
resources, as well as voluntary donations from natural persons.
The electoral fund of an MP candidate in a single-mandate election district 
shall be formed from his or her own resources, as well as voluntary donations from 
natural persons (hereinafter, “voluntary donations”).
2. A voluntary donation to the electoral fund of one party shall not exceed 
four hundred minimum salaries, while a voluntary donation to the electoral fund of 
an MP candidate in a single-mandate election district shall not exceed  twenty 
minimum salaries. There shall be no limit on the amount or number of transfers 
that parties or MP candidates in single-mandate election districts may make to their 
own electoral funds from their own resources.
3. Voluntary donations to the electoral fund shall not be made by:
1) foreign citizens and individuals without citizenship;
2) anonymous donors (without  indicating  in  the  payment document the 
information specified by Part four of this Article).
4. A voluntary donation to an electoral fund in an amount not exceeding the 
limit established in  Part two  of this Article shall be accepted by a banking 
institution or a post office on condition of submission by the citizen of one of the 
documents specified in clauses 1 or 2 of Part three of Article 2 of this Law. The 
payment document shall necessarily contain the last name, first name, patronymic, 
date of birth, place and address of residence of the individual. 
5. A voluntary donation shall be transferred by a banking institution or a post 
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account of an MP candidate in a single-mandate election district no later than on 
the next business day following the day of the receipt of the respective payment 
document.  The overall term for cashless transfer of the contribution to the 
respective account of the electoral fund shall not exceed two banking days.
6. The manager of the respective account of the electoral fund may refuse to 
accept a voluntary donation made by an  individual, submitting an application to 
that effect to the banking institution in which the respective account of the electoral 
fund has been opened. Such voluntary donation shall be returned to the individual 
at the expense of his or her voluntary donation or, if such return is impossible, shall 
be transferred to the State Budget of Ukraine. 
7.  The manager of the respective  electoral fund  account shall reject a 
donation  from  a natural person who under this Law has no right to make a 
voluntary donation,  within three days following the day when the manager 
becomes aware thereof. Based on the manager’s application rejecting the donation 
for such a reason, the  banking institution in which the respective account of the 
electoral fund has been opened shall transfer such voluntary donation to the State 
Budget of Ukraine. 
8.  A banking institution in which the accumulation account of  a party’s 
electoral fund  has been  opened shall transfer the funds from the accumulation 
account to the current accounts of the same electoral fund  on the basis of  an 
application by the manager of the accumulation account of the electoral fund. 
9. Control of the receipt, accounting,  and use of the funds of the electoral 
funds shall be exercised on a selective basis by the Central Election Commission in 
accordance with the  procedures approved by the Central Election Commission 
jointly with the National Bank of Ukraine and a specially authorized central 
executive body in the  area of telecommunications no later than eighty-three days 
prior to the day of voting. 
10. No later than on the fifth day following the day of voting, the banking 
institution in which a current account of an electoral fund  has been opened shall
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11. Based on a decision of the governing body of a party, which shall be 
adopted within ten days after the day of the  official promulgation of the election 
results, the resources of the party’s electoral fund that have not been used by the 
party shall be transferred from the accumulation account of the party’s  electoral 
fund to the party’s current banking account within five days from the receipt of the 
party’s respective decision by the banking institution. Should a party fail to adopt 
such a decision within that period, the unused funds of the party’s electoral fund 
shall be transferred by the banking institution to the State Budget of Ukraine on the 
fifteenth day following the day of the official promulgation of the election results
by the Central Election Commission. 
12. Donations transferred to the accumulation account of a party’s electoral 
fund later than one day prior to the day of voting shall be returned by the banking 
institution to the respective natural person at the expense of his or her voluntary 
donation or, if such return is impossible, shall be transferred to the State Budget of 
Ukraine.
13. Within three days of the official promulgation of the election results in a 
single-mandate election district, the resources of  an electoral fund of an MP 
candidate in a single-mandate election district that have not been used by him or 
her shall be transferred by the banking institution to the State Budget of Ukraine. 
14.  In case of cancellation of the decision on the  registration of an MP 
candidate in a single-mandate election district, any resources remaining in his or 
her electoral fund shall be transferred to the State Budget of Ukraine on the eighth 
day following the day of the publication of the respective decision.
15. Donations transferred to an electoral fund after the day of voting (or, if 
the MP candidate was included in the ballot paper for a repeat voting, after the day 
of the repeat voting) shall be returned by the banking institution to the respective 
natural person at the expense of his or her voluntary donation or, if such return is 
impossible, shall be transferred to the State Budget of Ukraine.
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1.  Executive bodies  and bodies of local self-government, as well as their 
officials, shall facilitate the exercise of the election commissions’ powers, 
providing them with necessary premises in accordance with the norms specified by
this Law or approved by the respective decisions of the Central Election 
Commission adopted in accordance with the requirements of this and other Laws 
of Ukraine; assisting them in equipping such premises with the necessary facilities;
ensuring the security of the election commissions as well as the security of the 
ballot papers  and other electoral documentation; providing them,  in accordance 
with the norms and list of equipment approved by the Central Election 
Commission, with transport vehicles and means of communication (and paying for 
the services related to their installation and connection), fittings, implements, and 
office appliances, which shall be returned after termination of the activities of the 
election commissions.  The procedure for payment or reimbursement of the 
aforementioned services shall be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
2. The procurement of the goods and  the  payment for works and services 
necessary for the preparation and conduct of the election shall be carried out by the 
Central Election Commission and by the district election commissions at the 
expense of funds of the State Budget of Ukraine without using any  tender
(competition) procedures, in the manner established by the Cabinet of Ministers of 
Ukraine.
Chapter VII
NOMINATION AND REGISTRATION OF MP CANDIDATES 
Article 52. General Procedure for Nominating MP Candidates 
1. The nomination of MP candidates by parties shall begin ninety days prior 
to the day of voting and shall end seventy-nine days prior to the day of voting.
2. The right to nominate MP candidates in a nationwide election district shall 
be exercised by the voters through the parties in accordance with the procedures set 
forth in this Law. 
3.  The right to nominate MP candidates in the single-mandate election 
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4. A person may be included in the electoral list of MP candidates of only 
one party.
5. A person can be included in a party’s electoral list of MP candidates and 
nominated in only one single-mandate election district by a party or through selfnomination. 
Article 53. The Procedure for Nomination of MP Candidates by a Party
1. The nomination of MP candidates, the formation and approval of a party’s 
electoral list  of MP candidates in the nationwide election district, as well as the 
nomination of a party’s MP candidates in single-mandate election districts, shall be 
conducted by  the  party at its congress (meeting, conference)  pursuant to the 
procedure prescribed by the party’s charter.
2. A party may nominate as an MP candidate a person who is either a 
member of that party or not a member of any party, provided that the person shall 
have the right to be elected an MP under Article 9 of this Law.
3. A party shall be entitled to nominate:
1) an electoral list of the MP candidates, consisting of no more than 225 
persons, for the nationwide election district;
2) one MP candidate in each single-mandate election district.
4. The form for a party’s electoral list of MP candidates shall be approved by 
the Central Election Commission at least one hundred twenty days prior to the day 
of voting.
Article 54. Conditions for Registration of MP Candidates 
in the Nationwide Election District
1.  The Central Election Commission shall register the MP candidates 
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1) an application for registration of the MP candidates, signed by the 
head of the party and affixed with the party’s seal;
2) a copy of the party’s registration certificate and charter, which shall be 
certified without charge by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine after the 
start of the election process;
3) a decision of the party’s highest  governing body,  adopted in 
accordance with the party’s charter, on the nomination of MP 
candidates, which shall include information on the persons nominated 
as MP candidates,  with indication  of their  last name, first name, 
patronymic, and be certified by the signature of the party’s head and
affixed with the party’s seal;
4) paper and electronic copies of the party’s list of MP candidates, in the 
form approved by the Central Election Commission,  which  shall
include information on the persons nominated as MP candidates (last 
name, first name  (all first names), and  patronymic  (if any), date, 
month, and year of birth, citizenship with indication of the time of 
residence in the territory of Ukraine, information on educational 
attainment, position (occupation),  place of employment, place of 
residence, party membership, existence or absence of criminal record) 
and be certified by the signature of the party’s head and affixed with 
the party’s seal;
5) statements of the persons included in the party’s electoral list 
expressing consent to be nominated as that party’s MP candidate 
(signed by the MP candidate in question), with acknowledgement of 
the obligation to terminate any activities or lay down any
representative mandate which are incompatible with the mandate of an 
MP of Ukraine under the Constitution and the Laws of Ukraine; 
consent to the publication of his or her biographical information in 
connection with participation in the election; and acknowledgement of 
the obligation, in the event of being elected as an MP, to transfer, 
within one month from the day of the official promulgation of the 
election results, to another person, pursuant to the procedure 
prescribed by the law, the management of enterprises and corporate 
rights owned by the MP candidate (or indicating absence thereof);
6) paper and electronic copies of the  autobiographies of the  persons 
included in the party’s electoral list, which shall necessarily contain: 
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month, year, and place of birth, citizenship with indication of the time 
of residence in the territory of Ukraine,  information on educational 
attainment, work  activities,  position (occupation),  place of 
employment, civic activities (including  in  elected positions),  party 
membership, family members, address of residence, contact telephone 
number, and information on existence or absence of criminal record; 
7) a statement of property, income, expenditures, and financial liabilities 
of each MP candidate, prepared in accordance with Article 57 of this 
Law;
8) a document certifying that a financial deposit has been  made in 
accordance with Article 56 of this Law; 
9) 4 photographs on paper, sized 4x6 cm, and in an electronic format, of 
each of the MP candidates included in the party’s electoral list;
10) photocopies of the first and second pages of each of the candidates’
passport of citizen of Ukraine.
2. In addition to the documents provided for in Part one  of this Article, a 
party shall submit to the Central Election Commission a paper copy of the party’s 
election program, certified by the signature of the party’s head and affixed with the 
party’s seal, prepared in the state language, and an electronic copy thereof, which 
shall be made public on the official website of the Central Election Commission.
Should the Central Election Commission discover any discrepancies 
between the paper and electronic copies of the electoral list of MP candidates from 
the party, the paper document shall prevail.
3. The Central Election Commission shall provide the person who submitted 
the documents provided for by Part one of this Article with a certificate confirming 
the receipt of such documents. The certificate of receipt shall contain a list of the 
documents received, the day, month and year, as well as time of their receipt, and 
the position and last name of the person who received the documents.
4. The Central Election Commission shall not accept documents specified in 
Part one of this Article if they are submitted after expiry of the deadline specified 
in Part two of Article 58 of this Law.
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1.  The Central Election Commission shall register an MP candidate
nominated by a party in the respective single-mandate election district upon receipt
of the following documents:
1) an application for registration of the MP candidate, signed by the head 
of the party and affixed with the party’s seal;
2) a decision of the party’s higher governing body adopted in accordance 
with its charter on the  nomination of the person as the party’s MP 
candidate, which must contain information on the nominee, with 
indication of his or her family name, first name, and patronymic; 
3) the  person’s  statement  expressing consent  to be nominated as that 
party’s MP candidate (signed by the MP candidate in question), with 
acknowledgement of the obligation to terminate any activities or lay 
down any representative mandate which are incompatible with the 
mandate of an MP of Ukraine under the Constitution and the Laws of 
Ukraine; consent to the publication of his or her biographical 
information in connection with participation in the election; and 
acknowledgement of the obligation, in the event of being elected as an 
MP, to transfer, within one month  from the day of the official 
promulgation of the election results, to another person, pursuant to the 
procedure prescribed by the law, the management of enterprises and 
corporate rights owned by the MP candidate (or indicating absence 
thereof);
4) paper and electronic copies of the autobiography of the MP candidate, 
which shall necessarily contain: last name, first name (all first names),
and patronymic (if any),  date,  month,  year, and place of birth, 
citizenship with indication of the time of residence in the territory of 
Ukraine,  information on  educational attainment, work activities, 
position (occupation), place of employment, civic activities (including 
in elected positions), party membership, family members,  address of 
residence, contact telephone number, and information on existence or 
absence of criminal record;
5) a statement of property, income, expenditures and financial liabilities 
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6) a document certifying that a financial deposit has been made in 
accordance with Article 56 of this Law;
7) 4 photographs on paper, sized 4x6 cm, and in an electronic format, of 
the MP candidate;
8) photocopies of the first and second pages of the candidate’s passport 
of citizen of Ukraine.
2. The Central Election Commission shall register a self-nominated MP 
candidate in a single-mandate district, provided that he or she personally presents 
one of the documents specified in clauses 1 or 2 of Part three of Article 2 of this 
Law and that it receives the following documents:
1) a statement of self-nomination, dated from the day of submission of 
documents for his or her registration as an MP candidate to the 
Central Election Commission,  with acknowledgement of the 
obligation to terminate any activities or lay down any representative 
mandate which are incompatible with the mandate of an MP of 
Ukraine under the Constitution and the Laws of Ukraine; consent to 
the publication of his or her biographical information in connection 
with participation in the election; and acknowledgement of the 
obligation, in case of being elected as an MP, to transfer, within one 
month  from the day of the official promulgation of the election 
results, to another person, pursuant to the procedure prescribed by the 
law, the management of enterprises and corporate rights owned by the 
MP candidate (or indicating absence thereof);
2) paper and electronic copies of the autobiography of the MP candidate, 
which shall necessarily contain: last name, first name (all first names), 
and patronymic (if any), date, month, year, and place of birth, 
citizenship with indication of the time of residence in the territory of 
Ukraine, information on educational attainment, work activities, 
position (occupation), place of employment, civic activities (including 
in elected positions), party membership, family members, address of 
residence, contact telephone number, and information on existence or 
absence of criminal record;
3) a statement of property, income, expenditures and financial liabilities 
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4) a document certifying that a financial deposit has been made in 
accordance with Article 56 of this Law; 
5) 4 photographs on paper, sized 4x6 cm, and in an electronic format, of 
the MP candidate;
6) photocopies of the first and second pages of the candidate’s passport 
of citizen of Ukraine.
3. In addition to the documents provided for by Part one or Part two of this 
Article, an MP candidate in a single-mandate election district shall submit to the 
Central Election Commission in an electronic format his or her election program, 
prepared in the state language, which shall be made public on the official website
of the Central Election Commission.
4.  The Central Election Commission shall provide a person who has 
submitted the documents provided for by Part one or Part two of this Article with a 
certificate confirming the receipt of such documents. The certificate shall contain a 
list of the documents received, the day, month and year, as well as time of their 
receipt, and the position and last name of the person who received the documents.
5. The Central Election Commission shall not accept documents specified in 
Parts one and two of this Article if they are submitted after expiry of the deadline 
specified in Part two of Article 59 of this Law.
Article 56. Financial Deposit
1. Each party nominating  an electoral list of MP candidates in the 
nationwide election district shall, before submitting documents to the Central 
Election Commission for the registration of the MP candidates,  transfer to the 
special account of the Central Election Commission a financial deposit in the 
amount of two thousand minimum salaries.
2. Each party that is nominating an MP candidate in a single-mandate district
and each self-nominated MP candidate running in a single-mandate district shall, 
before submitting registration documents to the Central Election Commission, 
transfer  to the special account of the Central Election Commission a financial 
deposit in the amount of twelve minimum salaries.80
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3. If the Central Election Commission adopts a decision refusing to register 
MP candidates included in the electoral list of a party, or refusing to register an MP 
candidate in a single-mandate election  district, the financial deposit shall be 
transferred back to the account of the submitting party within five days of the 
adoption of such decision.
If the Central Election Commission adopts a decision refusing to register a 
self-nominated MP candidate in a single-mandate election district, then  the 
financial deposit shall be transferred back to the account chosen by the MP 
candidate within five days of the adoption of such decision.
4. The  financial deposit transferred by a party that has  nominated  an 
electoral list of MP candidates in the nationwide election district shall be returned 
to the party’s account within eight days of the day of the official promulgation of 
the election results if, according to the election results, the party obtains the right to
participate in the distribution of MP mandates.
5. The financial deposit paid by a party that has nominated an MP candidate 
in a single-mandate election district shall be returned to the party’s account within 
eight days of the day of the  official promulgation  of the election results if, 
according to the election results, the MP candidate is elected in the single-mandate 
election district.
6. The financial deposit paid by a self-nominated MP candidate in a singlemandate election district shall be returned within eight days of the day of the 
official promulgation  of the election results to the account indicated in the MP 
candidate’s  application to the Central Election Commission,  if, according to the 
election results, the MP candidate has been elected in the single-mandate election 
district.
7. In all other cases, financial deposit shall be transferred to the State Budget 
of Ukraine within eight days of the official promulgation of the election results.
Article 57. Declarations of Property, Income, Expenses and 
Financial Liabilities by MP Candidates
1. A statement of property, income, expenditures and financial liabilities for 
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by each MP candidate in the form specified by the Law of Ukraine  On the 
Principles of Preventing and Combating Corruption in Ukraine.
2. After the registration of an MP candidate, information included in his or 
her statement shall be made public on the official website of the Central Election 
Commission, except for information of a confidential nature.
3. Errors and inaccuracies detected in the submitted statement shall be 
subject to correction and shall not  be a reason for refusing to register  the MP 
candidate.
Article 58. Procedure for Registration of MP Candidates in 
the Nationwide Election District
1. MP candidates included in the electoral list of a party shall be registered 
by the Central Election Commission on condition of submission of the documents 
specified in Article 54 of this Law.
2. The documents for registration of the MP candidates shall be submitted to 
the Central Election Commission no later than seventy-five days prior to the day of 
voting.
3. Should a person included in the electoral list of a party fail to submit a 
statement of consent to be nominated as an MP candidate for that party, he or she 
shall be deemed excluded from the electoral list of the party as of the day of 
submission of a party’s application in accordance with clause 1  of  Part one  of 
Article 54 of this Law. A statement of consent submitted after submission of the 
aforementioned party’s application for registration of the MP candidates shall not 
be accepted.
4. A  person included in a party’s electoral list shall have the right  to 
withdraw his or her consent to be nominated as an MP candidate prior to the day of 
registration. Such a person shall be deemed excluded from the electoral list of a 
party from the moment of the receipt by the Central Election Commission of a 
statement of withdrawal. The Central Election Commission shall notify the party in 
writing of the receipt of such a statement no later than on the day following the day 
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by a person who has previously withdrawn consent  to be nominated as an MP 
candidate by the same party shall not be accepted.
5. A person who has submitted statements of consent to be included in the 
electoral lists of more than one party shall be excluded by a decision of the Central 
Election Commission from all the electoral lists in which he or she was included.
6.  No later than on the fifth day following the day of the receipt of an 
application for registration of MP candidates included in the electoral list of a party 
and the other required documents attached thereto,  the Central Election 
Commission shall adopt a decision either registering the MP candidates or refusing 
their registration. 
7. The list and priority of MP candidates in the electoral list determined by a 
party shall not be changed after the submission of the documents for registration to 
the Central Election Commission. 
8. In the event of registration of MP candidates, the party’s representative to 
the Central Election Commission shall be presented, within three days after the day 
of adoption of the decision on registration of the MP candidates, with  the  MP 
candidate registration documents, issued in a form approved by the Central 
Election Commission, together with a copy of the aforementioned  decision. The
party’s  electoral list of MP candidates shall be published, together with the 
decision on their registration, within the same time framework, in the newspapers 
Holos Ukrainy and  Uriadovyy Courier as well as  on the official  website of the 
Central Election Commission.
Article 59. Procedure for Registration of MP Candidates in Single-Mandate 
Election Districts
1. MP candidates in a single-mandate election district shall be registered by
the Central Election Commission  on condition of submission of the documents 
listed in Article 55 of this Law.
2. Documents for registration of MP candidates shall be submitted to the 
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3. A person who, on the day of submission to the Central Election 
Commission  of the party’s application for his or her registration as an MP 
candidate, fails to submit a statement of consent to be nominated as an MP 
candidate from the party, shall be deemed to have refused to be nominated from 
the day of submission of the party’s application in accordance with clause 1 of Part 
one of Article 55 of this Law. A statement of consent submitted after the receipt by 
the Central Election Commission of the party’s application for registration of the 
MP candidate and supporting documents shall not be accepted.
A person who, on the day of submission to the Central Election Commission
of the documents for his or her registration as a self-nominated MP candidate in a 
single-mandate district, fails to submit a statement of self-nomination, shall be 
deemed to have renounced the nomination  from the day of submission of the 
documents for his or her registration as an MP candidate in accordance with 
Article 55 of this Law. Such a person’s statement of self-nomination submitted 
after the receipt by the Central Election Commission of supporting documents shall 
not be accepted. 
4. A person nominated by a party as an MP candidate in a single-mandate 
election district may withdraw his or her statement of consent prior to the day of 
registration. Such person shall be deemed to have refused to be nominated as of the 
moment of receipt by the Central Election Commission  of  the  statement of 
withdrawal of his or her consent. The Central Election Commission shall notify the 
party that nominated the MP candidate in writing of the receipt of a statement of 
withdrawal no later  than on the day following the day of the receipt of the 
statement of withdrawal. A statement of consent submitted by a person who has 
previously withdrawn consent  to be nominated as an MP candidate shall not be 
accepted.
A self-nominated  MP candidate in a single-mandate election district may 
withdraw his or her statement of self-nomination prior to the day of registration. 
Such person shall be deemed to have renounced the nomination starting from the 
moment of receipt by  the Central Election Commission  of  the  statement of 
withdrawal.  A person who has withdrawn his or her self-nomination may not 
submit a second self-nomination application.
5. If the Central Election Commission discovers that a person nominated as 
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statement of consent to be a party’s nominee  or a self-nominated one has been 
simultaneously  nominated in another single-mandate district based on his  or her 
written statement of consent to be a party’s nominee or self-nominated one, the 
Central Election Commission shall refuse to register that MP candidate or shall 
cancel that person’s registration as an MP candidate in the respective singlemandate district.
6. The  Central Election Commission  shall, no later than on the fifth day 
following the day of the receipt of the documents specified in Parts one or two of 
Article 55 of this Law,  adopt a decision either registering  the  candidate in  the 
single-mandate election district or refusing to register him or her.
7.  In the  event  of registration of an MP candidate in a single-mandate 
election district, the Central Election Commission shall issue an MP identification 
document, in a form approved by the Central Election Commission, together with a 
copy of the decision on his or her registration, within three days after adopting that 
decision. Notification of the registration of  an MP candidate in a single-mandate 
election district, together with the decision on his or her registration,  shall be 
published by the Central Election Commission within the same time framework in 
the regional or local printed mass media.
8. The Central Election commission shall publish the list of MP candidates 
registered in a single-mandate election district, with indication of the last name, 
first name (all first names), patronymic (if any), year and place of birth, citizenship 
with indication of the time of residence in the territory of Ukraine, information on 
educational attainment, position (occupation),  place of employment, party 
membership,  place of residence, information on the existence or absence of 
criminal record, and the nominating entity, within seven days after the termination 
of registration of MP candidates in  the  single-mandate election district, in the 
newspapers  Holos Ukrainy and  Uriadovyy Courier, as well as on the official 
website of the Central Election Commission.
Article 60. Refusal to Register MP Candidate(s) 
1. The Central Election Commission shall refuse to register MP candidate(s)
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1) violation of the requirements of Parts four and five  of Article 52 of 
this Law;
2) absence of documents specified in Part one of Article 54 or Parts one 
or two of Article 55 of this Law;
3) termination of the MP candidate’s citizenship of Ukraine; 
4) departure of the MP candidate abroad for residence or for the purpose 
of political asylum;
5) the MP candidate’s being found to be incompetent;
6) entry into force of a court judgment convicting the nominee  of  a 
deliberate crime;
7) discovery of circumstances depriving the nominee of the right to be 
elected pursuant to Article 9 of this Law.
2. A decision on refusal of registration of MP  candidate(s) shall contain a 
complete list of the grounds for refusal. No later than on the day following the day 
of refusal, a copy of such decision shall be delivered (sent) to the party’s 
representative or to the MP candidate running in a single-mandate district.
3. Errors and inaccuracies detected in documents submitted by candidates 
for registration shall be subject to correction and shall not be a reason for refusing 
to register the MP candidate. The said errors and inaccuracies must be corrected by 
the MP candidate within two days after the day of submission of the documents in 
question.
Article 61. Warnings and Cancellation of Registration of MP Candidate(s) 
1. The Central Election Commission may adopt a decision to issue a warning 
to a party whose MP candidates are included in the party’s electoral list or to an
individual MP candidate.
2. A warning shall be issued if:
1) a court has established, in the course of consideration of an electionrelated dispute pursuant to the procedure prescribed by the law, that an 
MP candidate, a party that  has nominated MP candidates, a party’s 
representative, authorized person, or official, an MP candidate’s 
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party that is an electoral subject  has bribed voters or members of 
election commissions;
2) a court has established, in the course of consideration of an electionrelated dispute pursuant to the procedure prescribed by the  law,  the 
fact of indirect bribery during the election process – money handouts 
or distribution for free or on preferential terms of commodities (except
items bearing the  visual images of the name, symbol, or  flag of a 
party, provided that  the value of such  items  does not exceed three 
percent of the  minimum salary),  works,  services,  securities, loans,
lottery tickets, or other material benefits to the voters, establishments, 
institutions, organizations, or members of election commissions by an 
organization whose founder, owner, or administrative body member is 
an MP candidate,  a party  that has  nominated MP candidates, or an 
official of that party;
3) a court has established, in the course of consideration of an electionrelated dispute pursuant to the procedure prescribed by law,  that an 
MP candidate or a party has used resources other than their electoral 
fund to finance their election campaign; 
4) a court has established, in the course the consideration of an electionrelated dispute pursuant to the procedure prescribed by law,  that an 
MP candidate holding a position (or more than one position) in a state 
executive body, a state body of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, 
or a  local self-government body,  state or municipal enterprise, 
institution,  establishment or organization,  in military formations 
established according to the Laws of Ukraine, has used for the purpose 
of his or her election campaigning his or her subordinates,  office 
transport,  communication,  equipment,  premises,  or other objects  or 
resources at his or her place of employment (abuse of office); 
5) a party or an MP candidate has violated restrictions related to election 
campaigning, including campaigning after midnight of the last Friday 
prior to the day of voting.
3. A warning specified in Part one of this Article shall be published by the 
Central Election Commission in nationwide printed mass media and on the official 
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4. The Central Election Commission shall take a decision canceling an MP 
candidate’s registration if: 
1) no later than twelve days prior to the day of voting, the MP candidate
has submitted a written statement withdrawing from the election; 
2) no later than twelve days prior to the day of voting, the relevant party
has requested that the MP candidate’s registration be cancelled based 
on a decision adopted in accordance with the party’s charter; 
3) the MP candidate has ceased to be a citizen of Ukraine; 
4) the MP candidate has gone abroad to take up permanent residence or 
to seek political asylum; 
5) the MP candidate has been found incompetent;
6) a judgment of a court finding the MP candidate guilty of committing a 
deliberate crime has come into force; 
7) the requirements of Parts four or five of Article 52 of this Law have 
been violated;
8) the election commission has discovered  any circumstances depriving 
the MP candidate of the right to be elected as an MP in accordance 
with Article 9 of this Law.
In the event of receipt of  applications provided for in clauses 1, 2 of this 
Part, the respective  election commission shall adopt a decision canceling the 
registration of the MP candidate no later than ten days prior to day of voting.
In the event of receipt of applications provided for in clauses 1, 2 of this Part 
less than twelve days prior to the day of voting, the election commission shall not 
consider such applications and no decisions shall be taken thereon.
5. If an election commission discovers a violation provided for by Part two 
of this Article or any other violation for which a criminal or administrative liability
has been established  by the  law,  the election commission shall notify law 
enforcement bodies of the violation for the purpose of investigation and reaction in 
accordance with the law. 
6.  The Central Election Commission shall notify the party  or  the MP 
candidate of a decision canceling the registration of the MP candidate(s), or of the 
issuance of a warning, no later than on the day following the day of the adoption of 
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the  Central Election Commission or to  the respective MP candidate within the 
same time framework. 
7.  In the event of death of  an MP candidate,  the Central  Election 
Commission shall adopt a decision removing that MP candidate from the ballot
and from the party’s electoral list.
Article 62. Recognizing Election in Single-Mandate Election District as 
Invalid
If no candidates have been  nominated in a single-mandate election district
within the applicable time limit, or if only one candidate has been nominated and 
less than half of the votes cast were cast for that MP candidate, the election in that 
district shall be deemed not to have taken place. 
Chapter VIII
INFORMATION SUPPORT FOR ELECTIONS
Article 63. Main Principles of Information Support for Elections
1. Voters shall be provided with the opportunity for  access to diverse, 
objective and unbiased information necessary for making deliberate, informed and
free choices. 
2.  The information contained in the documents submitted to the Central
Election Commission for the registration of the MP candidates shall be open. On 
the official website of the Central Election Commission, information shall be made 
public on each MP candidate’s last name, first name (all first names), and 
patronymic (if any), date, month,  year and place of birth, citizenship with 
indication of the time of residence in the territory of Ukraine, information on 
position (occupation), place of employment, party membership, place of residence, 
existence or absence of criminal record, and the nominating entity.
3.  The election commissions,  mass media and information agencies, state 
executive bodies, state bodies of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, bodies of 
local self-government, their officials, civic associations, as well as other persons 
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deemed to be election campaigning pursuant to the Article 68 of this Law, abide by 
the principles of unbiased, unprejudiced, balanced, reliable, complete and accurate 
information. 
Article 64. General Information Support of Elections 
1. General information support for an election shall comprise informing the 
voters on: 
1) the electoral rights of the citizens and the ways of exercising and
protecting them;
2) the opportunity for voters to check whether they or other voters have 
been included in the State Voter Register and in the voter lists at the 
election precincts and the procedures for doing so; 
3) the  opportunity for  voters to change their place of voting (election 
precinct) without changing their voting address and the procedures for 
doing so; 
4) the addresses of the location of  the district and precinct election 
commissions of the election precinct to which the voting address of a 
voter is assigned; 
5) the address of the premises for voting, the date and time of voting; 
6) the grounds and procedures for being provided with the opportunity to 
vote at a place of temporary stay; 
7) voting procedures and method for filling out a ballot paper; 
8) the voters’ right to appeal against violations of their electoral rights 
and the procedures for doing so; 
9) the liability for violating the electoral legislation. 
2. The Central Election Commission shall, no later than one hundred twenty 
days prior to the day of voting, make public on its official  website information 
pertaining to the general information support for the respective election. 
3. Legislation on social advertising shall be applicable to the distribution of 
information materials related to the general information support for the election. 
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1. Special information support of the election shall comprise informing the 
voters on:
1) registered MP candidates and the parties that nominated them; 
2) the election programs of parties and MP candidates in single-mandate 
election districts; 
3) the accounts of the electoral funds of the parties and MP candidates in 
single-mandate election districts, the allowable value of a voluntary 
donation, and the method for making such donation; 
4) the cancellation of registration (withdrawal) of an MP candidate; 
5) facts and events relating to the election process.
2. Mass media organizations and information agencies shall be entitled to 
participate in the special information support for the election based on a request 
from the Central Election Commission or district election commission;  and as 
regards data specified in clause 5 of Part one of this Article, on their own initiative 
in accordance with the requirements of this Law. 
Article 66. Principles of Participation of Mass Media and Information 
Agencies in Information Support for Elections
1.  In the course of the election process, the mass media shall distribute 
information materials in response to  requests from  the Central Election 
Commission and district election commissions, on the basis of relevant agreements
concluded with the aforementioned commissions. 
2. Information agencies and mass media shall disseminate information on 
the course of the election process and on related events on the basis of principles of
providing credible, complete, accurate, and objective  information in an unbiased 
way.
3. Mass media shall provide a balanced coverage for comments made by all 
parties and MP candidates on election-related events.
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1. Enterprises, establishments, institutions and organizations conducting 
opinion polls shall have the right to  make public the results of election-related 
polls, provided that  they indicate the time  when  the poll was conducted, the 
territory covered by the poll, the size and mode of selection of the poll sample, the 
polling method used, the exact phrasing of the questions, and the margin of error. 
2. When reporting the results of an election-related opinion poll, information 
agencies and mass media  shall indicate the full name of the  organization that 
conducted the poll, the persons who commissioned the poll, as well as other data 
specified in Part one of this Article.
3. During the last  ten days prior to the day of voting, the publication or 
dissemination in any other manner of the results of election-related opinion polls, 
including those pertaining  to the parties that are electoral subjects and to MP 
candidates, shall be prohibited. 
4. Methods for conducting voter surveys relating to voting intentions shall 
ensure the protection of the secrecy of voting of the voters being polled. On the 
day of voting, making public the results of such a poll shall be prohibited until the 
close of the voting. 
5. If a broadcasting company makes public the results of an interactive poll 
of its audience conducted during an election-related program or a program with the 
participation of MP candidates, the participants of the program shall be prohibited 
from commenting on the results of such poll or referring to it otherwise. During the 
whole period of making public the results of an interactive poll of the audience, the 
text message “This poll reflects the opinion of this audience only” shall be 
displayed on the screen (for television programs) in  a  form perceptible  to the 
viewer or be voiced (for radio programs) in a well-articulated manner by the
announcer or studio host  immediately prior to and after making public the 
aforementioned results.
Chapter IX
ELECTION CAMPAIGNING
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1.  Election campaigning shall mean carrying out any activity aimed at 
encouraging the voters to vote or not to vote for a particular MP candidate or party 
that is an electoral subject. Election campaigning may be performed by any means 
that do not contradict the Constitution of Ukraine and the Laws of Ukraine.
2. Election campaigning may be conducted in the following forms: 
1) holding meetings with citizens, other meetings with voters; 
2) holding rallies, marches, demonstrations, picketing; 
3) holding public debates, discussions, round tables, press conferences 
pertaining to provisions of the election programs and the political 
activities of the parties that are electoral subjects or the political 
activities of the MP candidates; 
4) making public political advertisements, speeches, interviews, essays, 
video films, audio and video clips, other  publications and notices in 
printed and audiovisual (electronic) mass media; 
5) distributing election leaflets, posters and other printed campaigning 
materials or printed publications containing election campaigning 
materials; 
6) placing printed campaigning materials or political advertisements on
outdoor advertising media; 
7) holding concerts, performances, sport competitions, showing films 
and television programs, or [staging]  other public events  with the 
support of a party that is an electoral subject or of an MP candidate, as 
well as making public the information on such support; 
8) public appeals to vote or not to vote for a party that is an electoral 
subject or for an MP candidate, as well as public assessments of the 
activities of such parties or MP candidates; 
9) other forms that do not contradict the Constitution of Ukraine and the 
Laws of Ukraine.
3. Political advertising shall mean the placement or dissemination of election 
campaigning materials through advertising means. Political advertising shall also 
include the use of symbols or logos of parties that are electoral subjects, as well as
announcements that a party which is an electoral subject or an MP candidate 
supports entertainment or other public events, or  attracting public attention to 
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such events. Advertising for printed publications (newspapers, magazines, books) 
or other commodities or services involving the use of the  last names  or images 
(portraits) of MP candidates, names or symbols of parties that are electoral subjects 
shall also be deemed to be political advertising. 
4.  Official reports during the election campaign  on  actions  taken by  MP 
candidates holding  positions in  state executive bodies,  state bodies of the 
Autonomous Republic of Crimea, or local self-government bodies, in connection 
with performance of their official (service) duties provided for by the Constitution 
of Ukraine or the Laws of Ukraine, shall not be deemed to be election campaigning
if these reports are produced in accordance with the procedure prescribed by the 
Law on the  Procedure for Media Coverage of the Activities of State Executive 
Bodies and Bodies of Local Self-Government in Ukraine. Such official  reports 
must  not contain any  comments of a campaigning nature, video or  audio 
recordings, or photographic illustrations of the activities of the aforementioned 
persons as MP candidates. 
5. Activities specified in clauses 1 – 7 and 9 of Part two of this Article that 
are  carried out by a party  that  is not an electoral subject with the intention of 
promoting its own activity or explaining its position shall not be deemed to be 
election campaigning if, in the course of such activities, no mention is made of 
parties that are electoral subjects,  of  MP candidates, or of any  provisions of 
election programs. 
6.  Election campaigning shall be paid for from the resources  of the State 
Budget of Ukraine allocated for support for election campaigning in accordance 
with this Law and from the electoral funds of parties and MP candidates in singlemandate election districts. MP candidates registered in the nationwide election 
district may carry out election campaigning only at the expense of the resources of 
the electoral fund of the party that nominated them. The use of those MP 
candidates’ own funds or funds derived from other sources to carry out election 
campaigning, including on the voters’ initiative, shall be prohibited. 
7.  Parties that have registered MP candidate(s) in the nationwide election 
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A party that has registered MP candidate(s) in the nationwide election 
district shall finance the events and materials of its election  campaign, and any 
political advertising in its support, out of the funds of its own electoral fund. 
Support by a party  that has registered MP candidate(s) in the nationwide 
election district, on its own behalf, for concerts, performances, sport competitions,
demonstration of films and television programs, or other public events, and also 
the staging of the  aforementioned public events in support of  a party that has 
registered candidates in the nationwide district, shall be allowed only if such events 
are paid for out of the party’s electoral fund. 
8. MP candidates in single-mandate election districts shall be provided with
space in printed mass media with due observance of the  principle of equal 
opportunities. 
An MP candidate in a single-mandate election district shall finance the 
events and materials of his or her election campaign, as well as any political 
advertising in his or her support, out of the MP candidate’s own electoral fund. 
Support by an  MP candidate in a single-mandate election district  for 
concerts, performances, sport competitions, demonstration of films and television 
programs, or other public events, and also the staging of the aforementioned events 
in support of an MP candidate, shall be allowed only if such events are paid for out 
of the MP candidate’s own electoral fund. 
9. Parties that  have registered MP candidates  in the nationwide election 
district and MP candidates in single-mandate election districts shall have the right 
to rent buildings and premises of all forms of ownership  for the  holding of 
meetings, rallies, debates, discussions, or  other public events of election 
campaigning, on a contract basis, at the expense of their respective electoral funds. 
10. If a building (premises) of any form of its ownership is provided on  a 
contract basis to a party that has registered candidates in the nationwide election 
district, or to MP candidate in a single-mandate election district, for the holding of 
a pre-election public event or election campaign event, the owner (proprietor, user) 
of this building (premises) shall not refuse to  allow any other party that has 
registered candidates in the nationwide district or an  MP candidate in a singlemandate district  to use the same building (premises) on the same terms. The 
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used by a party that has registered candidates in the nationwide election district or 
to an MP candidate in a single-mandate election district. 
State- or municipally-owned buildings  (premises) shall be provided for 
holding a pre-election public event or for election campaigning on a noncompetitive basis.
12.  No later than eighty days prior to the day of voting, local executive 
bodies and bodies of local self-government shall set up stands and public bulletin 
boards in places allocated  for the placement  of election campaign materials of 
parties that have registered MP candidates in the nationwide election district and 
MP candidates in the single-mandate election district, with due observance of the 
principle of equal opportunities.
Article 69. Information Posters and Election Campaign Materials
1. The Central Election Commission shall provide, at the expense of the 
funds of the State Budget of Ukraine allocated for the preparation and holding of 
the parliamentary election,  no later than  thirty-five days prior to  the day of the 
election, for the production of information posters of the parties  that have 
registered MP candidates in the nationwide election district. These posters must
present  the parties’ election programs (containing  no more than seven thousand 
eight hundred printed characters) that they submitted at the point of registration of 
their MP candidates, the party’s electoral list with indication of the last name, first 
name, patronymic, year of birth, position (occupation), place of employment and of 
residence, and party membership of the MP candidates it includes, as well as the 
photographs of the first five MP candidates. The form, size, and printing design of 
the information posters shall be established by the Central Election Commission.
The Central Election Commission shall coordinate the approval of the text 
and printing design of an information poster with the party’s representative to the 
Central Election Commission.
2. A district election commission shall provide, at the expense of the funds 
of the State Budget of Ukraine allocated for the preparation and holding of the 
parliamentary election,  no later than  thirty-five days prior to  the day of the 
election, for the production of information posters that were agreed upon with the 
MP candidates registered in the single-member districts, on the basis of two 
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candidate’s biography, election program (containing no more than three thousand 
nine hundred printed characters) submitted by him or  her at the point of 
registration, and photograph.
3. The Central Election Commission shall provide for the production of 
equal numbers of parties’ information posters, on the basis of no less than two 
copies of each poster per each election precinct. The produced parties’ information 
posters shall be delivered, in accordance with the procedure established by the 
Central Election Commission, to the respective election commissions.
4. The information posters shall be delivered to the respective election 
commissions no later than twenty days prior to the day of the election.
5. A party that has registered MP  candidates in the nationwide election 
district, or an MP candidate registered in a single-member district, can, at 
its/his/her own discretion, produce election campaign materials at the expense and 
within the limits of the resources of the electoral fund. A party may produce 
printed matter for its election campaigning using equipment that it owns. 
Information included in these materials must comply with the requirements of the 
law.
6.  A party that has registered MP candidates in the nationwide election 
district, or an MP candidate registered in a single-member district, shall submit to 
the Central Election Commission one copy of each printed election campaign 
matter produced at the expense of the party’s electoral fund and using equipment 
that it owns, or, accordingly, produced at the expense of the MP candidate’s 
electoral fund, no later than five days from the day of its production.
7. Printed election campaign matter shall contain information on the person 
or party ordering the publication of these materials, the  printing entity,  or an 
indication that the printing was done using equipment owned by the party, the 
number of copies, and information on the persons responsible for the publication.
8. Local executive bodies and local self-government bodies shall,  no later 
than one hundred days prior to the day of the election, allocate areas in populous 
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Article 70. Time Frames for Election Campaigning
1.  A party that has registered MP candidates in the nationwide election 
district, as well as MP candidates, may start their election campaigning on the day
following the day when the election commission adopts a decision on the 
registration of the MP candidates.
2. Election campaigning shall cease at 24:00 on the last Friday before the 
day of voting. 
3. Election campaigning on the eve of the day of voting and on the day of 
voting shall be prohibited. During the same period of time, it shall be prohibited to 
hold mass events (meetings, rallies, marches, demonstrations, picketing) on behalf 
of a party that has registered MP candidates in the nationwide election district, or 
on behalf of the MP candidates; to distribute campaign materials; or to make public 
announcements about support  by a party or an  MP candidate  for  concerts, 
performances, sport competitions, demonstration of films or television programs, 
or other public events. 
Article 71. General Procedure for Using Mass Media
1. Election campaigning through mass media of all forms of ownership shall
be conducted with due observance of the principle of equal opportunities and under 
the procedure prescribed by this Law. 
2.  Election campaigning through mass media, including political 
advertisements, shall be conducted in forms and with observance of requirements 
and restrictions prescribed by this Article and Articles 68, 70, and 72 – 74 of this 
Law. 
3.  A party that has registered MP candidates  in the nationwide election 
district, as well as an MP candidate in a single-mandate election district, shall have 
the right to use state-owned and municipal mass media on conditions provided for 
by this Law. 
4.  The Central Election Commission shall approve the  procedures for 
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of Ukraine allocated for support for election campaigning in accordance with this 
Law  to parties that have registered MP candidates in the nationwide election 
district and to MP candidates no later than eighty days prior to the day of voting. 
5. Election campaigning through mass media of all forms of ownership paid 
for out of the electoral funds of parties and MP candidates in single-mandate 
election districts shall be conducted on conditions of equal pay for a unit of air 
time or printed space. 
6. Each mass media organization shall set the price per unit of printed space 
or air time to be used for election campaigning at the expense of election funds no 
later than one hundred days prior to the day of voting; the price shall not exceed 
the average price charged for commercial advertising (advertising which is 
disseminated with the purpose of generating profit) during the first three quarters 
of the year preceding the year of the election. Moreover, mass media  shall be 
entitled to calculate separate rates per unit of printed space or air time for business 
days and days off and holidays as well as for periods of air time or printed space 
types differing in the size of the potential audience,. 
7. Mass media organizations registered after March 1 of the year preceding
the year of  a regular election of people’s deputies of Ukraine shall set the prices 
per unit of printed space or air time on the basis of data collected over the entire 
period of their functioning, in accordance with the procedure provided for by Part 
six of this Article. The price rates established by such mass media shall not exceed 
the price rates applied, respectively, by newspaper Holos Ukrainy (for printed mass 
media) or by the National Television Company of Ukraine and the National Radio 
Company of Ukraine (for television and radio broadcasting entities). 
8.  Prices per unit of printed space and air time for conducting election 
campaigning shall not be changed during the election process. A  media 
organization shall not be allowed to grant discounts, or introduce extra charges, to 
parties that have registered MP candidates in the nationwide election district or to 
MP candidates in single-mandate districts. 
9. A mass media organization that has provided air time or printed space for 
election campaigning for a party that has registered MP candidates in the 
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printed space on the same terms to another party that has registered MP candidates 
in the nationwide district  or an MP candidate. A mass media organization may 
refuse to provide air time or printed space to a party or MP candidate if the 
materials provided for distribution fail to comply with the requirements of  Parts
five or nine of Article 74 of this Law.
10. When  making public the results of public opinion poll related to the 
election of MPs, mass media shall indicate the person or entity that commissioned 
the poll, the full name of the organization that conducted the poll, the time when 
the poll was conducted, the territory covered by the poll, the size and method of 
sampling, the polling method, the exact wording of the questions, and the possible
statistical error. 
11. The requirements prescribed by Parts five – nine of this Article shall not 
apply to printed mass media organizations  founded (owned) by the parties that 
have  registered MP candidates  in the nationwide election district or by  MP 
candidates in single-mandate election districts, as regards  their own election 
campaigning. 
Article 72. Procedure for Using Electronic (Audiovisual) Mass Media
1. No later than ninety days prior to the day of voting, television and radio 
broadcasting entities of all forms of ownership shall publish in the printed mass
media their rates per one minute (second)  of air time. Television and radio 
broadcasting entities broadcasting  on the nationwide channels shall publish such 
rates in the newspapers Holos Ukrainy and Uriadovyy Courier, while regional and 
local television and radio broadcasting entities shall publish their rates in the 
respective regional and local state-owned or municipal printed mass media. 
2.  Air time for conducting election campaigning shall be provided at the 
expense and within the limits of the funds of the State Budget of Ukraine allocated 
for preparation and conduct of the election,  by the state-owned and municipal 
television and radio broadcasting entities between 19:00 and 22:00. 
3.  The broadcasting time (broadcasting schedule) of television and radio 
broadcasting entities that have licenses issued by the National Television and 
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broadcasting channels shall be adjusted (without changing the broadcasting 
volume) having regard  to the time of broadcasting of the election campaigning 
programs at the expense of the funds of the State Budget of Ukraine allocated for 
preparation and conduct of the election,  during the election process, so as  to
provide the regional state-owned and municipal television and radio broadcasting 
organizations with opportunities to broadcast such programs in respective regions.
4. Television and radio broadcasting entities shall provide each party that is 
an electoral subject with air time for election campaigning at the expense and 
within the limits of the funds of the State Budget of Ukraine allocated for the 
preparation and holding of the election, totaling no less than 60 minutes on a 
nationwide television channel and 60 minutes on a nationwide radio channel, and 
also 20 minutes for each one on the regional television channels and 20 minutes for 
each one on the regional radio channels in each of the regions. MP candidates 
registered in a single-member district shall each be provided with 20 minutes on 
the respective regional television channels and 20 minutes on the regional radio 
channels. The above time shall be provided to a party on each of  the 
aforementioned channels in two equal parts of the total allocated time. 
5. The preliminary air time schedule for broadcasting election campaign 
television/radio programs, with indication of the date and time of their 
broadcasting (without indicating specific participants in the programs), shall be 
compiled by  state-owned or  municipal  nationwide and regional television and 
radio entities with which agreements have been concluded for the distribution, 
during the election process, of parties’ campaign materials at the expense and 
within the limits of the funds of the State Budget of Ukraine allocated for the 
preparation and holding of the election. Such schedule shall be forwarded to the 
Central Election Commission not later than fifty-seven days prior to the day of the 
election. 
6. The sequence in which the parties that are electoral subjects and the MP 
candidates registered in a single-member district will be provided with 
broadcasting time on radio and television within the framework of the schedule 
mentioned in part five of this Article shall be determined not later than fifty-three 
days prior to the day of the election by means of drawing of lots conducted by the 
Central Election Commission, with the participation of the parties’ representatives 
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member district, or authorized persons of the parties or proxies of the MP 
candidates registered in the single-member district. 
7. The results of the drawing of lots conducted in accordance with part six of 
this Article and the air time schedule compiled on its basis, with indication of the 
election campaign television/radio programs and the specific date and time of their 
broadcasting at the expense of the funds of the State Budget of Ukraine allocated 
for the preparation and holding of the election, shall be published, accordingly, in 
the newspapers  Holos Ukrainy and  Uriadovyy Courier, local  state-owned or 
municipal printed mass media, within three days from the day of their approval by 
the Central Election Commission. 
8. Payment for the air time provided to a party or an MP candidate registered 
in a single-member district shall be made by the Central Election Commission in 
accordance with the cost sheets approved by them, within the limits of the funds of 
the State Budget of Ukraine allocated for the preparation and holding of the 
election, and on the basis of agreements concluded between the Central Election 
Commission and the National Television Company of Ukraine, the National Radio 
Company of Ukraine, or a regional state-owned or municipal  television or radio 
entity. 
9. Within 20 minutes before and after a television/radio broadcast of a 
party’s election campaign television/radio program, it shall be prohibited to 
comment on or evaluate in any form on the same broadcasting channel the content 
of the election campaign program or the actions of the party or of the MP 
candidates. 
10. Election campaign programming shall be broadcast on the basis of an 
agreement concluded on behalf of a party, or an MP candidate in a single-mandate 
election district, between the manager of the current account of the respective 
electoral fund and the editorial board (publisher) of a printed media organization. 
Unless such an agreement is concluded and the fee for the air time is paid to the 
account of the television and radio broadcasting organization, the provision of such 
air time shall be prohibited. 
11. Television and radio broadcasting entities shall make audio and video
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recordings for thirty days following the day of official promulgation of the election 
results. 
12.  Upon receipt of inquiries in writing from the Central Election 
Commission or National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine, 
television and radio broadcasting entities of all forms of ownership shall submit all 
information on the allocation of air time to a party or an MP candidate in a singlemandate election district for election campaigning and, if required, provide copies 
of the respective agreements, payment documents and programs recorded on tape 
or other information carriers.
13.  During the election process, only the parties that  have registered MP 
candidates in the nationwide election district and MP candidates in single-mandate 
election districts shall be entitled to be customers of political advertising to be 
aired by television and radio broadcasting entities. During the broadcast of a 
political advertisement, the broadcaster shall indicate the full name (or last name, 
first name and patronymic) of the customer in the form of a text message covering 
no less than fifteen  percent of the screen area that shall be made in a  color
contrasting the background and shall be easily perceptible to the viewer. 
Article 73. Procedure for Using Printed Mass Media
1. A party that has registered MP candidates in the nationwide district shall 
have the right to publish, at the expense and within the limits of the funds of the 
State Budget of Ukraine allocated for the preparation and holding of the election, 
in a printed format common to all of the parties, in the newspapers Holos Ukrainy
and  Uriadovyy Courier, as well as in one of the regional (local) state-owned or 
municipal  printed mass media of each of the regions, its election program 
containing no more than seven thousand eight hundred printed characters. An MP 
candidate registered in a single-member district shall have the right to publish, at 
the expense and within the limits of the funds of the State Budget of Ukraine 
allocated for the preparation and holding of the election, in a printed format 
common to all of the MP candidates, in one of the regional (local) state-owned or 
municipal printed mass media, his or her election program containing no more than 
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Agreements with the editorial staffs of the above mass media organizations 
on the publication of the aforementioned materials shall be concluded, accordingly, 
by the Central Election Commission. 
2. The editorial staffs of the newspapers  Holos Ukrainy and  Uriadovyy 
Courier, as well as the editorial staffs of the regional state-owned printed mass 
media with which agreements have been concluded on the publication  of the 
election programs of the parties that are electoral subjects and of the MP 
candidates registered in a single-member district, shall notify  these election 
commissions, not later than fifty-five days prior to the day of the parliamentary 
election, of the specific publication dates of the issues of the periodicals presenting 
the programs, with indication of the place where these programs will be posted in 
each of the issues (numbers of columns). 
3. The sequence in which the election programs will be published, at the 
expense of the funds of the State Budget of Ukraine allocated for the preparation 
and holding of the election, in the mass media specified by Part one of this Article 
shall be established not later than fifty-three days prior to the day of the election by 
the Central Election Commission, by way of drawing lots, with the participation of, 
respectively, the parties’ representatives to the Central Election Commission or 
authorized persons of parties, MP candidates, proxies of candidates in the
respective single-mandate election district. 
4. The results of the drawing of lots determining the sequence of publication 
of parties’ (candidates’) election programs shall be published, respectively, in the 
newspapers Holos Ukrainy and Uriadovyy Courier or in the regional (local) stateowned or municipal printed mass media within three days after their approval by 
the Central Election Commission. 
5. Printed mass media of all forms of ownership shall publish, not later than
ninety  days prior to the day of voting, their prices per unit of printed space. 
Nationwide printed mass media shall publish that information in the newspapers 
Holos Ukrainy and Uriadovyy Courier; regional and local ones, in the respective 
regional and local state-owned or municipal printed mass media. 
6. Parties that have registered MP  candidates in the nationwide election 
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expense of funds of their electoral funds, election campaigning materials in printed 
mass media of any forms of ownership that are published in Ukraine, except mass 
media specified in Part eighteen of Article 74 of this Law. 
7. Election campaign materials specified in Part six of this Article shall be 
published on the basis of an  agreement concluded on behalf of a party that has 
registered MP candidates in the nationwide district, or an MP candidate in a singlemandate election district, between the manager of the current account of the 
respective electoral fund of the party or the MP candidate and the editorial board 
(publisher) of a printed media organization. Unless such an agreement is concluded 
and the  fee for the publishing is paid to the account of the editorial board 
(publisher) of the printed media organization, publication of such materials shall be 
prohibited. This requirement shall not apply to  media organizations the founder 
(owner) of which is a party that has registered MP  candidates in the nationwide 
election district or an MP candidate in a single-mandate election district, as regards 
their own election campaigning.
8. Upon receipt of an inquiry in writing from the Central Election 
Commission or district election commissions, the editorial boards (publishers) of 
printed media organizations of all forms of ownership shall submit all information 
on the use of printed space for placing campaign materials and, if necessary, send
them  copies of respective agreements, payment documents, as well as the 
respective publications.
Article 74. Restrictions on Conducting Election Campaigning
1. Participation in election campaigning shall be prohibited to:
1) foreigners and persons without citizenship, in particular through 
journalistic activities or in the form of participation in  concerts, 
performances, sport competitions, and other public events conducted
in support of a party that is an electoral subject or an MP candidate; 
2) executive bodies, state bodies of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, 
and bodies of local self-government, law enforcement agencies and 
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3) public servants and officials of the bodies specified in clause 2 of this 
Part, during their working hours, unless the public servant or official 
is an MP candidate;
4) members of election commissions during their term of office in the 
respective election commissions.
2. Election campaigning in military units (commands), penitentiary 
institutions, and pretrial detention centers shall be restricted. Visiting the military 
units (commands), penitentiary institutions, and pretrial detention centers by MP 
candidates, their proxies, or the parties’ authorized persons shall be prohibited. 
Meetings of these  persons with the voters shall be organized by the respective 
district election commission jointly with the military unit (command) commander
or with  the head of the penitentiary institution or pretrial detention center, with 
mandatory notification of all the authorized persons of the parties and MP 
candidates in the single-mandate district or their proxies in the respective singlemandate district no later than three days prior to the meeting.
3.  The use of premises of  state executive  bodies,  state  bodies of the 
Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and bodies of local self-government for 
conducting election campaigning at the expense of the funds of the electoral funds 
of parties or MP candidates in a single-mandate election district shall be 
prohibited. 
4.  Placing election campaigning materials and political advertisements on
the buildings and in the premises of state executive bodies, state bodies of the 
Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and bodies of local self-government,  stateowned and municipal enterprises, institutions and organizations shall be prohibited. 
5. It shall be prohibited to disseminate in any form any materials containing 
appeals to terminate the independence of Ukraine, change its constitutional order 
by violence, infringe upon the  sovereignty or territorial integrity of the state, 
undermine its security, illegally seize state power;  advocating war  and violence; 
inciting  inter-ethnic, racial, national, or  religious hostility; or  encroaching  on 
human rights and freedoms or on the health of the population. 
6.  During the election process,  media organizations, functionaries and 
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materials and programs other than those  based on  agreements concluded in 
compliance with the requirements of Parts five and ten of Article 72 or Parts two
and seven  of Article 73 of this Law, to vote or not to vote  for parties or MP 
candidates; disseminating information that bears signs of political advertising free 
of charge or which has been paid for from sources not specified by the law; and 
disseminating information with the purpose of encouraging voters to vote for or 
not to vote for a particular electoral subject. In the course of the election process, 
authors and hosts  of television and radio programs registered as MP candidates 
shall be also prohibited from conducting their election campaigning in television or 
radio programs. 
7. It shall be prohibited to place  political advertisements in the same bloc 
with commercial or social advertisements. 
8. It shall be prohibited to place political advertising carriers on the external 
surface and inside public transportation vehicles, including taxis;  to place political 
advertisements in the premises and on the  buildings of subway stations, bus and 
railway stations, ports and airports; and also to distribute  election campaigning 
materials, including political advertisements, through television and radio 
broadcasting  networks or other passenger information networks  or  information 
panels in the premises of subway stations and inside subway cars, bus and railway
stations, ports and airports, as well as inside public transportation vehicles.
9. It shall be prohibited to spread deliberately false or libelous information
about a party that is an electoral subject or about an MP candidate if its false or
libelous nature has been established by a court. 
10.  If a court establishes, while hearing  an  election dispute, that a mass 
media organization has violated the requirements of this Law more than once or 
has violated them once, but grossly, the court shall pass a decision temporarily (till 
the end of the election process) suspending the license or imposing a temporary 
ban on the publication of the periodical. 
11.  The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine 
shall, by its decision, stop the broadcasting in the territory of Ukraine, in particular 
by telecommunication operators,  of foreign television channels whose  activities
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without citizenship from  conducting election campaigning through journalistic 
activities,  or whose programs contain appeals to terminate  the independence of 
Ukraine, change its constitutional order by violence, infringe upon the sovereignty 
or territorial integrity of the state, undermine its security, illegally seize state 
power; advocate war and violence; incite inter-ethnic, racial, national, or religious 
hostility; or encroach on human rights and freedoms or on the health of the 
population. 
12. Parties that are electoral subjects and MP candidates shall have the right 
to address a media organization that has made public information which the party
or the candidate considers to be false, demanding that their response be published. 
The media organization that made public the respective material shall, no later than 
three days after receiving the demand for response, but no later than on the last day 
prior to the day of voting, provide the party or the MP candidate affected by the 
disseminated false information with an opportunity to make public a response, by 
providing the same amount of air time, respectively, on television or radio, or by 
publishing in the printed mass medium the material provided by the party or MP 
candidate, which must  be printed in the same font and be  placed in the  column 
“Response” in the same place of the periodical and be at least as large as the report 
being refuted. The response shall contain reference to the publication in the printed
mass medium or to the program on television or radio and to the information being 
refuted. The response shall not contain any direct appeals to vote or note vote for 
particular parties or MP candidates. The response shall be made public without any 
appendices,  commentaries, or abridgments, at the expense of mass media.  No 
response to a response shall be provided. 
13. While conducting election campaigning, it shall be prohibited to hand 
out money or distribute for free or on a preferential basis commodities  (except 
items bearing the visual images of the name, symbol, or flag of a party, provided 
that the value of such items does not exceed three percent of the minimum salary), 
services, works, securities, loans, lottery tickets, other tangible assets to voters, 
establishments, institutions, or organizations.  Such election campaigning or
handing out money or distribution for free or on a preferential basis of 
commodities, services, works, securities, loans, lottery tickets, other tangible assets 
to voters, establishments, institutions, or organizations  along with appeals  or 
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mentioning the name of a party or an MP candidate shall be deemed to be indirect 
bribing of voters. 
14. The Central Election Commission shall provide for placing in the 
nationwide mass media the information  specified by this Part, clarifications
regarding the ban on distributing  commodities  (except items bearing the visual 
images of the name, symbol, or flag of a party, provided that the value of such 
items does not exceed three percent of the minimum salary), services, works, 
securities, loans, lottery tickets, other tangible assets to voters, establishments, 
institutions, or organizations, as well as election commissions and their members 
(indirect bribery). The text of the  clarification shall be approved by the Central 
Election Commission and shall be published once a week on the first page of the 
newspapers  Holos Ukrainy and  Uriadovyy Courier and broadcast on the first 
channels of the National Television Company of Ukraine and the National Radio 
Company of Ukraine, commencing in sixty days prior to the day of voting, at the 
expense of funds of the State Budget of Ukraine allocated for preparation and 
conduct of the election. 
15. State-owned and municipal regional (local) television and radio 
broadcasting organizations shall not substitute their own programs for parties’
election campaigning  programs  being broadcast  on the nationwide broadcasting 
channels.
16.  It shall be prohibited to include election campaigning materials of
parties,  including political advertisements, in  informational television and radio 
programs (news reports). Election  campaign materials  shall be separated from 
other broadcasts and identified as such.
17.  It shall be prohibited to interrupt programs covering parties’ election 
programs with commercials  advertising commodities, works, services, or with 
other reports. 
18. It shall be prohibited to conduct election campaigning in foreign mass 
media operating in the territory of Ukraine as well as in mass media registered in 
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19. Mass media shall not be liable for the contents of election campaigning
materials that were placed in accordance with agreements with customers, except
in cases specified by:
1) Part five of this Article; 
2) Part nine of this Article, if the  media organization  was  positively 
aware of the existence of a relevant court judgment.
20. It shall be prohibited to place election campaigning materials, political 
advertisements, including reports on the course of the election process, on cultural 
heritage objects. 
21.  MP candidates shall not use corporate vehicles, means of 
communication, equipment, premises, other objects or resources at the place of his 
or her work, staff or production meetings, or  corporate meetings for election 
campaigning, or to engage the following persons in his or her election campaign 
activity or use them for any kind of activity associated with election campaigning: 
1) as regards MP candidates holding offices in state executive bodies or 
in other governmental  bodies, state  bodies of the Autonomous 
Republic of Crimea, local self-government bodies – functionaries and 
officials of state executive bodies or other governmental bodies, state 
bodies of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, local self-government
bodies (except individuals holding positions of an assistant advisor to
an MP of Ukraine); 
2) as regards MP candidates holding offices, including part-time work, at 
enterprises regardless of the form of ownership, type of activity or 
industry affiliation,  at  institutions, establishments, organizations, 
military units (commands) established under the Laws of Ukraine –
his or her subordinates at the place of his or her work (during the 
business hours).
22. It shall be prohibited to publish and distribute  printed election 
campaigning materials containing no information on the person requesting the 
publication  of such materials, the establishment that published them, their 
circulation, and information on the individuals in charge of the issue.110
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23. From the time of termination of the election campaigning,  pursuant to 
Part two of Article  70  of this Law, no one shall hold election campaign events, 
spread election campaigning materials in the mass media, show election campaign 
films or videos, distribute  election leaflets, posters, other printed campaigning 
materials or printed periodicals containing election campaigning materials, public 
appeals to vote or not to vote for parties that are electoral subjects or for MP 
candidates in a single-mandate district,  or public assessment of  the activities  of 
those parties or MP candidates. Circulation of election campaigning materials shall 
be stopped as of 24:00 on the last Friday prior to the day of voting by the 
respective units of the local executive bodies and local self-government bodies. 
24. Interference with the exercise of the right  to conduct election 
campaigning, as well as  violation of the legally established procedure for 
conducting such campaigning, shall entail liability as provided by the  Laws of 
Ukraine. 
25.  If the Central Election Commission or a  district election commission 
receives an application or other report concerning violations  that suggest that  a 
crime or an administrative offense may have been committed, the respective 
election commission  shall immediately address  the relevant  law enforcement 
bodies requesting that they verify the aforementioned report and  respond in 
accordance with the Laws of Ukraine. 
Chapter X
GUARANTEES OF ACTIVITIES OF POLITICAL PARTIES, MP 
CANDIDATES AND OFFICIAL OBSERVERS
Article 75. Guarantees of Election Process Activities for Political Parties 
and MP Candidates Registered in the Nationwide Election District 
1. A party that has registered candidates in the nationwide election district
shall be entitled to delegate one representative to the Central Election Commission 
(hereinafter, “party representative to the Central Election Commission”) who shall 
have the right of advisory vote and who shall be authorized to represent the party’s 
interests on the Central Election Commission in the course of the election process. 
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2. A party’s representative to the Central Election Commission must be a 
voter. The following persons may not be representatives of parties: 
1) a member of any election commission; 
2) an official of an executive power body or an officer of a court, law 
enforcement bodies, state  bodies of the Autonomous Republic of 
Crimea, or local self-government bodies;
3) a member of the armed forces;
4) a person performing alternative (non-military) service.
3.  An application to register a representative of a party  to  the Central 
Election Commission, signed by the party’s head and affixed with the party’s seal, 
and a copy of a decision of the party’s  central governing body endorsing the 
candidacy of the party’s  representative, shall be filed with the Central Election 
Commission  along with the party’s application to register its  candidates in the 
nationwide election district. An application to register a party’s representative to 
the Central Election Commission shall contain the following information: last 
name, first name, patronymic of the party’s representative, his or her citizenship, 
day, month and year of birth, place of employment, current position (occupation), 
place  and address  of residence, and telephone number.  A written consent of the 
person to represent the interests of the party in the Central Election Commission 
shall be attached to the application. 
4.  No later than on the third day following the receipt of the documents 
specified in Part three of this Article, the  Central Election Commission  shall 
register the party’s  representative to  the  Central Election Commission  with the 
right of  advisory vote  and shall issue an identification document to such 
representative. The identification document shall be  of  a form established by the 
Central Election Commission. 
5. A party that has registered candidates in the nationwide election district 
shall be allowed to have no more than five authorized persons in the nationwide 
election district and no more than two authorized persons in each single-mandate 
election district (hereinafter, “authorized person of a party”). An authorized person 
of a party shall represent the respective party and shall not be deemed to be an 
independent subject of the election process. An authorized person of a party shall 
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persons of a party, indicating their respective electoral districts, shall be approved 
by the central governing body of the party.
6. An application, in an electronic format and on paper, for the registration 
of a party’s authorized persons, to be signed by the party’s head and affixed with 
the party’s seal, and a copy of the decision of the party’s central governing body
endorsing the list of the party’s authorized persons may be submitted to the Central 
Election Commission at any time following the registration of candidates included 
in the party’s  list of MP candidates. An application  for registering  a party’s 
authorized persons shall contain the following information: last name, first name, 
patronymic of each authorized person, respective election district, citizenship of an 
authorized person of the party, day, month and year of birth, place of employment, 
current position (occupation), place and address  of residence, and  telephone 
number. The application shall be appended with the  written consent of these 
persons to represent the interests of the party in the nationwide election district and
in a particular single-mandate election district and with photocopies of the first and 
second pages of his or her passport of citizen of Ukraine or a photocopy of his or 
her temporary certificate of citizen of Ukraine (for persons who have recently been 
granted Ukrainian citizenship).
7.  No later than on the third day following the receipt of the documents 
specified in Part six of this Article, the Central Election Commission shall register 
the authorized persons of a party and shall issue their identification documents 
produced in the form established by the Central Election Commission to the
party’s representative in the Central Election Commission. 
8. A party’s representative to the Central Election Commission, as well as a
party’s authorized person shall have the right from the day of his or her registration 
by the Central Election Commission and shall be released, until the termination of 
his or her powers or the completion of the election process,  from his or her 
employment-related or official  duties,  with suspension of salary for that period, 
upon agreeing with the  owner of the enterprise, establishment, organization or a 
body authorized by the owner. 
9. A party’s representative to the Central Election Commission, as well as a 
party’s  authorized person, shall have the right to file a statement of resignation 
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10. A party’s  governing body  that  has  adopted a decision endorsing the 
party’s representative to the Central Election Commission or the party’s authorized 
person may at  any time prior to the day of voting take a decision  to recall the 
party’s  representative to the  Central Election Commission  or authorized person,
and to endorse another person  to replace the one that has been recalled. Such 
application shall be filed with the Central Election Commission concurrently with 
a copy of the decision and other documents under the procedure prescribed by 
Parts three and six of this Article. 
11. On the basis of the application filed in accordance with Parts nine or ten 
of this Article, the Central Election Commission shall  adopt a decision to cancel 
the registration of a party’s representative to the Central Election Commission or a 
party’s authorized person and register another person as the party’s representative 
to the Central Election Commission  or as the party’s  authorized person, no later 
than on the third day following its receipt, but no later than on the day of voting; 
and on the day of voting, immediately. A copy of the decision shall immediately be 
issued to the party’s representative to the Central Election Commission or sent to 
the address of the party’s governing body. 
12.  The identification document of a party’s  representative to the  Central 
Election Commission  or a party’s  authorized person whose powers were 
terminated prior to the completion of the election process shall be immediately 
returned to the Central Election Commission. 
13. A party’s representative to the Central Election Commission shall have 
the right to: 
1) be present at all meetings of the Central Election Commission during
the discussion of issues pertaining to the election of Members of
Parliament and take part in the discussion of such issues with the right
of advisory vote: to receive prior to a meeting its agenda and related 
materials,  to participate in the  discussions,  to present  proposals
concerning a decision of the Central Election Commission; 
2) have access to the  minutes of the  meetings of the Central Election 
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failure to attend a meeting, have access to the documents that provided 
the basis for decisions taken at such meeting;
3) have access to protocols, telephone, fax,  or  other official messages 
received by the Central Election Commission from the district election
commissions, in particular those concerning  the results of voting in 
the nationwide and single-mandate election districts, and to obtain 
copies thereof;
4) exercise other rights specified by this Law for a party’s representative
to the Central Election Commission. 
14. A party’s authorized person shall: 
1) facilitate the party’s participation in the election process, in particular 
as regards election campaigning; 
2) represent the interests of  the  party in its relations with the election 
commissions (except the  Central Election Commission), state 
executive bodies, courts, state bodies of the Autonomous Republic of 
Crimea,  local self-government  bodies, voters, other subjects of the 
election process in the territory of the respective election district; 
3) be allowed to  participate in the meetings of election commissions 
(except the Central Election Commission) with the right of  advisory 
vote in the territory of the respective election district; 
4) have the right to be present at the election precinct during the voting 
and at the meeting of the precinct election commission during the vote 
counting,  having regard to the restrictions specified  by Part three of 
Article 34 of this Law; 
5) have the rights of  the party’s  official observer, as specified by Part 
nine of Article 78 of this Law; 
6) have other rights provided  this Law for an authorized person of a 
party.
15. An authorized person of a party shall be subject of restrictions imposed 
by Part ten of Article 78 of this Law. 
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1.  Unless an MP candidate is the President of Ukraine or a Member of 
Parliament of Ukraine, he or she may not be denied the opportunity to take a leave
of absence without pay from his or her place of employment and to not perform
employment-related or official duties during the election campaign. 
2. An MP candidate shall not be dismissed from his or her position during 
the election process on the initiative of the owner of the enterprise, establishment, 
organization, or a body authorized by the owner or the commander of the military 
unit (command). An MP candidate shall not be  without his or her prior consent 
transferred to any other place of employment, sent on a business trip, or called up 
for military or alternative (non-military) service, training (test)  or  special 
assemblies of persons liable to call-up. 
3. An MP candidate in a single-mandate election district shall be entitled to 
appoint his or her authorized persons from among the voters (no more than three 
persons).
4. The authorized persons of an MP candidate in a single-mandate election 
district shall be registered by the Central Election Commission upon an application 
filed by the candidate. Such an  application shall contain the following data: last 
name, first name, patronymic of the authorized person, his or her citizenship, day, 
month and year of birth,  place of employment, position (occupation), address of 
residence, and telephone number. The application shall be appended with a written 
consent of the  person to represent the interests of  the MP  candidate and with
photocopies of the first and second pages of his or her passport of citizen of 
Ukraine or a photocopy of his or her temporary certificate of citizen of Ukraine 
(for persons who have recently been granted Ukrainian citizenship). Within three 
days after  the receipt of such application the district election commission shall 
register the candidate’s  authorized persons and issue to them identification 
documents of a form specified by the Central Election Commission. 
5.  It shall not be allowed to register any of  the persons specified in the 
second sentence of Part two of Article 75 of this Law as MP candidates’ authorized 
persons. 
6. The authorized persons of an MP candidate in a single-mandate election 
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the  candidate’s interests in his or her relations with election commissions, state
executive  bodies, state  bodies of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and local 
self-government bodies, mass media,  civic  associations,  and voters;  and  exercise 
other powers specified by this Law. 
7. The authorized persons of an MP  candidate in a single-mandate district 
shall acquire their powers from the day of their registration by the Central Election 
Commission. The powers of these persons shall be terminated on the day when the 
decision to register the MP candidate in the single-mandate district is canceled or 
when he results of the election are established and officially made public.
8. The authorized  persons of an MP candidate in a single-mandate district 
shall, from the date of his or her registration for the entire period of the election 
process, have the right to take a leave of absence without pay and not to perform 
his or her employment-related or official duties upon agreement with the owner of 
the enterprise, establishment, organization, or a body authorized by the owner.
9. An MP candidate in a single-mandate district shall have the right at any 
time prior to the day of voting to file an application with the Central Election 
Commission seeking the termination of the powers of his or her authorized person 
and to present the documents required for the registration of another person under
the procedure established by this Law. 
10. An authorized person of an MP  candidate in a single-mandate district 
shall have the right at any time to submit to the Central Election Commission an 
application for resignation.
11. On the basis of an application submitted in compliance with Parts nine or 
ten of this Article, no later than on the third day following its receipt, or 
immediately in case the application is submitted on the day preceding the day of 
voting or on the day of voting, the Central Election Commission  shall adopt  a 
decision  canceling the registration of the authorized person of a candidate in a 
single-mandate election district;  a copy of  that  decision shall be immediately 
issued or sent to the MP candidate. 
12. The identification document of an authorized person of an MP candidate
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of the election process shall be immediately returned to the Central Election 
Commission.
13. An MP candidate and his or her authorized person shall have the rights 
of an authorized person of a party provided for by clauses 1, 4, 5 of Part fourteen 
of Article 75 of this Law. 
Article 77. Official Observers
1. Official observers from parties that have registered MP candidates in the 
nationwide election district,  from MP candidates  in a single-mandate election 
district,  and from  non-governmental organizations (hereinafter, “an official 
observer of a party, candidate, or non-governmental organization”) may take part
in the election process, provided that they have been registered under the 
procedures established by this Law. 
2. Official observers from foreign states and international organizations may 
monitor the election process.
3.  The  powers  of official observers shall commence on the day of their 
registration by the respective election commission under the procedure established 
by this Law and shall expire  upon the establishment by the Central Election 
Commission of the results of the election of Members of Parliament. 
4.  The election commission that registered  an  official observer may 
terminate his or her powers early if he or she has violated this Law. The official 
observer’s powers shall be terminated early by a motivated decision. 
Article 78. Official Observers from Political Parties, MP Candidates, and 
Non-Governmental Organizations
1. A person having the right to vote may be an official observer representing 
a party,  a candidate,  or a non-governmental organization. None of the following 
persons may be an official observer: an election commission member; an official 
of the state executive bodies, a court, law enforcement bodies, state bodies of the 
Autonomous Republic of Crimea,  or local  self-government bodies; a person in 
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2. A legally registered non-governmental organization whose involvement in 
election process and its monitoring is stipulated in its charter may, no later than 
sixty days prior to the day of voting, file a petition  with  the  Central Election 
Commission for  permission to have official observers during the election of 
Members of Parliament. The petition, to be signed by the head of the nongovernmental organization and affixed with its seal, shall be appended with  a 
notarized copy of the charter of the non-governmental organization and with  a 
notarized copy of the certificate on state registration of  the  non-governmental 
organization.
3. No later than on the tenth day following the receipt of such petition, the 
Central Election Commission shall take a decision granting permission to a nongovernmental organization to have official observers or refusing to grant such 
permission, and shall notify the non-governmental organization of that decision on 
the day after its adoption. Only violation by the non-governmental organization of 
the requirements established in Part one and two of this Article can be a ground for 
refusal. A copy of the decision shall be issued to a representative of  the  nongovernmental organization no later than on the day  after the adoption of  such 
decision. A non-governmental organization shall have the right to appeal in court a 
decision refusing to grant it permission to have official observers. 
4.  No  later than forty-five days prior to the day of voting, the Central 
Election Commission shall officially publish, in the newspapers Holos Ukrainy and 
Uriadovyy Courier,  the list of non-governmental organizations that have been 
granted permission to have official observers.
5.  An official observer from a party, MP  candidate, or non-governmental 
organization shall be registered by the district election commission on the basis of
an application from the party’s authorized person in the respective single-mandate
district  or nationwide election district, an MP  candidate in this single-mandate 
election district, or the head of the respective non-governmental organization. 
6. An application for registration of official observers shall contain their last 
names, first names, patronymic, citizenship, date of birth, place and address  of 
residence,  place of employment,  position (occupation), and contact  telephone 
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persons to be official observers for the party, candidate, or a non-governmental 
organization, and with photocopies of the first and second pages of his or her 
passport of citizen of Ukraine or a photocopy of his or her temporary certificate of 
citizen of Ukraine (for persons who have recently been granted Ukrainian 
citizenship). An application from a non-governmental organization shall also be 
appended with a copy of the decision of the Central Election Commission granting 
permission to  have official observers during the election of Members of 
Parliament. 
7. An application for registration of an official observer, signed by a party’s 
authorized person,  an MP  candidate in a single-mandate election district, or the 
head of the respective non-governmental organization, shall be submitted to the 
respective district election commission no later than five days prior to the day of 
voting. 
The only ground upon which an application for registration may be refused 
is violation of the provisions of Parts one to three, five, and six of this Article. 
8.  The district election commission shall register official observers in the 
respective single-mandate  election district  and issue to them their identification 
documents in a form established by the Central Election Commission no later than 
on the day after the submission of the application. 
9.  An official observer from a party,  candidate, or non-governmental 
organization shall be entitled to: 
1) be present at the election precincts during the voting, observe actions 
of the election commission members from any distance, in particular 
during the issuance of  ballot papers to voters and vote counting 
without physically getting in the way of the election commission 
members; 
2) make photographic, film, audio or video recordings, without violating 
the secrecy of voting; 
3) be present during the issuance of  ballot papers to the election 
commission members, in particular for the purpose of  organizing 
voting at voter’s place of stay and during such voting; 
4) be present, with due observance of the requirements of this Law, at the 
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commissions, having regard to the provisions established by Part three 
of Article 34 of this Law, in particular during the vote counting at the 
election precinct and the tabulation of the results of the voting; 
5) address the  relevant election commission or a court  seeking 
elimination of violations of this Law if any have been discovered; 
6) draw a statement of discovery of violation of the requirements of this 
Law that shall be signed by him or her and by no less than two voters
certifying  the fact of such violation, with indication of their last 
names, first names, patronymic,  place and address of residence, and 
file it with the respective election commission or a court; 
7) take necessary measures within the limits of legislation to stop illegal 
actions during the voting and vote counting at the election precinct; 
8) receive copies of the protocols on the transfer of ballot papers, vote 
counting, and tabulation of voting results, as well as other documents
specified by this Law; 
9) exercise other rights provided by this Law for official observers. 
10. An official observer from  a party, MP  candidate, or non-governmental 
organization may not: 
1) groundlessly  interfere with the work of the election commission, 
perform actions violating the lawful course of the election process, or 
unlawfully prevent the election commission members from exercising 
their powers; 
2) fill out a ballot paper for a voter (in particular upon his or her request); 
3) be present during the  filling out of a ballot paper by a voter in a 
polling booth (room) for secret voting or violate the secrecy of voting 
in any other way. 
11.  If an official observer violates the requirements of Part ten  of this 
Article, the election commission shall give him or her a warning. In the event of a 
repeat violation, or of a single instance of gross violation of the requirements of 
Part ten  of this Article, the election commission may deprive him or her of the 
right to be present at its meeting under the procedure established by Part five of 
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12. An authorized person of a party or MP  candidate in a single-mandate 
election district, or the head of a non-governmental organization, may recall an 
official observer by filing a written statement of termination of his or her authority
with  the respective district election commission, and present the  documents
required for registration of another person as an official observer in the manner 
prescribed by this Article. 
13.  An official observer from a party,  candidate, or non-governmental 
organization shall be entitled to file with  the district election commission a 
statement of resignation.  Based on  such application, the  district election 
commission shall adopt a decision cancelling  the registration of  the  official 
observer and issue or send  a copy thereof, accordingly, to the party’s authorized 
person, to the MP candidate, or to  the head of the respective non-governmental
organization. 
Article 79. Official Observers from Foreign States and International 
Organizations 
1. Official observers from foreign states or international organizations shall
be registered by the Central Election Commission. Proposals regarding registration 
of official observers shall be submitted by foreign states or international 
organizations to the Central Election Commission directly or through the Ministry 
of Foreign Affairs no later than seven days prior to the day of voting. The Central 
Election Commission shall establish the procedure for registration  of official 
observers from foreign states and international organizations. 
2.  A decision on registration or refusal to register  official observers from 
foreign states or international organizations shall be made by the Central Election 
Commission no later than five days prior to the day of voting. 
3.  Citizens of Ukraine may not be registered  as official observers from 
foreign states or international organizations. Citizens of Ukraine, or foreigners, or 
persons without citizenship who speak Ukrainian may accompany registered 
official observers from foreign states and international organizations  in the 
territory  of the election precincts and during meetings of election commissions, 
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4. The Central Election Commission shall issue identification documents, of 
a form established by it, to official observers from foreign states or international 
organizations.
5. Persons registered as official observers from foreign states or international 
organizations shall exercise their powers in the territory of Ukraine as well as in 
out-of-country election precincts.
6. An official observer from a foreign state or an international organization 
shall be entitled to:
1) be present at the meetings of MP  candidates or parties’  authorized 
persons with voters, at election campaign meetings, rallies, and 
meetings of election commissions; 
2) familiarize himself or herself with the election campaigning materials; 
3) be present at the election precincts during the voting and observe the 
actions of the election commission members, in particular during the
issuance of  ballot papers to voters and vote counting, without 
physically obstructing the election commission members;
4) make photographic, film, audio and video recordings, without 
violating the secrecy of voting; 
5) publicly express proposals, after the end of the election, relating to the 
organization of the parliamentary elections and improving the 
legislation of Ukraine, taking into consideration the international 
experience; hold press-conferences in accordance with the 
requirements of the laws of Ukraine; 
6) together with other observers from foreign states or international 
organizations, create temporary groups of official observers for 
coordination of their activities  within the scope of their powers 
specified by this Law, notifying the Central Election Commission 
thereof within one day.
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8. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, other state executive bodies,
state  bodies of the Autonomous Republic of Ukraine, local  self-government
bodies,  and election commissions shall facilitate official observers from foreign 
states or international organizations in exercising their powers. 
9. Financial and material support for the activities of official observers from 
foreign states or international organizations shall be provided at the expense of 
funds of the states or organizations which have sent such observers to Ukraine, or 
at the observers’ own expense. 
10.  Official observers from foreign states and international organizations 
may not: interfere with the work of the election commission, perform actions that 
impede the lawful course of the election process, or unlawfully prevent the election 
commission members from exercising their powers; fill out a ballot paper for a 
voter (in particular upon his or her request) or violate the secrecy of voting in any 
other way and use their status in an activity not pertaining to the election process 
observation. These restrictions shall also apply to persons who, in compliance with 
Part three of this Article, accompany official observers, at the time  when they 
directly work with the official observer from a foreign state or an international 
organization. 
Chapter XI
VOTING AND ESTABLISHING THE RESULTS OF AN ELECTION OF 
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
Article 80. Ballot Papers
1. Voting in the election of MPs of Ukraine shall be performed using ballot 
papers for the election of Members of Parliament of Ukraine (hereinafter, “ballot 
papers”). 
2. The form, color, and text of the ballot papers for voting in the nationwide 
election district  and in the single-mandate election districts shall be approved by 
the Central Election Commission no later than fifty-three days prior to the day of 
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The color of the ballot papers for voting in the nationwide election district 
must be different from that of the ballot papers for voting in the single-mandate 
election districts.
The security features of a ballot paper shall be established by the Central 
Election Commission.
3. A ballot paper  must  contain the name and the date of the election of 
Members of Parliament, an  indication of the election district (nationwide or a 
single-mandate), the number of the single-mandate election district, the number of 
the election precinct, as well as places designated  for the seal of the  precinct 
election commission. 
The text of a ballot paper shall be printed in the official language and shall 
be placed on one sheet and on one side only. 
4.  The names of parties shall be listed on the nationwide election district 
ballot paper in the order determined by drawing lots, which shall be conducted by 
the Central Election Commission with participation of party representatives to the 
Central Election Commission after the end of registration of candidates, but before 
approval of the form and text of the ballot paper. The ballot paper shall contain the 
number of each party determined by drawing lots, the full name of the respective 
party, full names (all names) and patronymics (if any) of the first five candidates 
entered in the electoral list of MP candidates of each party. An empty box shall be
placed between the number of each party and the name of that party. 
A single-mandate election district ballot paper shall list in alphabetic order 
the last names, first names (all first names) and patronymics (if any) of candidates 
registered in the district, with indication of the following information: year of birth, 
educational attainment, position  (occupation), place of employment,  place of 
residence,  party membership, as well as  the nominating entity of each of the 
candidates. An empty box shall be placed  to the left of  the last name of each 
candidate.
5. A ballot paper shall contain an explanation of the procedure for filling out 
the ballot paper by a voter during the voting. 
6. A ballot paper shall have a counterfoil, separated by a tear-off line. The 
counterfoil shall contain the name and the date of the election, an indication of the 
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election district, and the number of the election precinct, as well as places 
designated for the number under which a voter was entered in the voter list for the 
election precinct, the signature of the voter receiving the ballot paper, and the last 
name, initials, and signature for the precinct election commission member issuing 
the ballot paper.
7. The ballot paper shall be a document of strict accountability. The Central 
Election Commission and the district and precinct election commissions shall keep 
a precise record of ballot papers received and delivered in accordance with this
Law. Documents to be used in keeping record of ballot papers shall be delivered by 
the enterprises which printed the ballot papers and  by the  district and precinct 
election commissions to the  Central Election Commission.  After the official
promulgation of the election results, the Central Election Commission shall ensure 
delivery of the accounting information for storage to the respective archival 
institutions.
8.  The nationwide election district ballot papers and the  single-mandate 
election district ballot papers  shall be printed for each  election precinct in an 
amount exceeding by 0.5 percent the number of voters included in the voter lists
for the election precincts of each single-member district, with possible  deviation 
from the aforementioned  number resulting from the multiplicity  of ballot papers
being printed on a typing sheet. 
Article 81. Procedure for Printing Ballot Papers 
1.  The Central Election  Commission  shall provide for the centralized 
production of ballot papers no later than seven days prior to the day of voting,
pursuant to an agreement that shall be concluded between the Central Election 
Commission and state-run printing enterprises.
2.  The enterprises printing the ballot papers shall ensure strict 
correspondence between the number of ordered ballot papers and the number of 
printed ones, and the accounting and transfer thereof to the customer according to
procedures established by the Central Election Commission. 
3. Any technical waste material, defective printed ballot papers, as well as
the  typographic plates used, shall be destroyed according to the  procedures and 126
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within the time limits defined by the agreement concluded for the production of 
ballot papers. 
4. Control over the production of  ballot papers by the printing enterprises 
and over the observance of the requirements regarding destruction of the printing 
forms, technical wastes,  and defective printed matter  shall be exercised by a 
supervisory commission created by the Central Election Commission based on 
submissions from the parties whose parliamentary factions are registered with the 
Apparatus of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the current convocation, as of the
start of the election process, but no later than on the day of approval of the ballot 
paper form. 
5. The ballot papers shall be received by the Central Election Commission in 
the printing enterprise’s packaging on the basis of a receipt and delivery report in a 
form approved by the Central Election Commission.  Based on  the receipt and 
delivery reports, summary information on  the number of nationwide election 
district and single-mandate election district ballot papers that were printed for each 
election district shall be published no later than one day prior to the day of voting
on the official website of the Central Election Commission.
6. Subject to the consent of the Central Election Commission, ballot papers 
can be produced directly by the precinct election commission of a special election 
precinct created on a ship sailing, as of the day of voting, under the National Flag 
of Ukraine, or on Ukraine’s polar station, their number exceeding by 0.5 percent 
the number of voters at the election precinct. Such consent shall be granted no later 
than three days prior to the day of voting on the basis of an application filed by the 
respective district election commission, which shall contain the number of the 
election precinct created on the respective ship or Ukraine’s polar station, as well 
as the time when the respective ship left the last port in the territory of Ukraine.
Information on the number of produced ballot papers shall be entered in the 
precinct commission’s protocol on vote counting and be taken into account by the 
relevant district election commission when compiling protocols on the results of
vote  counting in the nationwide district within the single-mandate district and in 
the single-mandate district.
7.  If the Central Election Commission cancels the registration of all MP 
candidates of a party in the nationwide election district during or after the period of 127
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production of the ballot papers and the remaining time is insufficient to allow reprinting the ballot papers, the Central Election Commission shall adopt a decision
on  making amendments to  the nationwide election district ballot papers. Such 
decision of the Central Election Commission shall be immediately communicated 
to the relevant  district election  commissions, so that the precinct election 
commissions will make the appropriate amendments.
If the Central Election Commission adopts a decision canceling  the 
registration of a candidate (or candidates) in a single-mandate election district or a 
decision  removing  a candidate from the ballot  during or after the period of 
production of the ballot papers and the remaining time is insufficient to allow reprinting of the ballot papers, the Central Election Commission shall adopt a 
decision on making amendments to  the ballot papers of the respective singlemandate election district. Such decision of the Central Election Commission shall 
be immediately communicated to the respective district election commission. The 
district election commission shall immediately report this decision to the precinct 
election commissions, so that they will make the appropriate amendments.
Such amendments to the ballot papers shall be made by the precinct election 
commission members using the “Withdrawn” stamp at a meeting of the  precinct 
election commission. 
It shall be prohibited to make amendments to the nationwide election district
ballot paper without a decision of the Central Election Commission. 
It shall be prohibited to make amendments to the single-mandate election 
district ballot paper without a decision of the Central Election Commission.
Each voter shall be informed of amendments made to a ballot paper at the 
time when the ballot paper is being issued to him or her.
8.  The form of the stamp specified in Part seven  of this Article shall be 
approved by the Central Election Commission no later than twenty six days prior 
to the day of voting. District election commissions shall ensure the production of 
the aforementioned stamps no later than seven days prior to the day of voting. The 
stamps shall be kept in custody of the district election commission. 
A district election commission shall deliver the “Withdrawn” stamp  to all 
precinct election commissions together with the respective decision of the Central 
Election Commission. The “Withdrawn” stamp shall be delivered to the precinct 
election commissions of out-of-country election precincts together with the ballot 
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9. If ballot papers are amended in the absence of  a decision of the Central 
Election Commission, or if such amendments fail to comply with the decision of 
the Central Election Commission, the  precinct election commission shall, at its 
meeting,  write a report in two copies, in the form and under the procedure 
specified by Part eight of Article 35 of

 
     

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