Central Election Commission (Ukraine)

Central Election Commission
(Центральна виборча комісія)
Commission Emblem
Agency overview
Formed November 1997
Jurisdiction  Ukraine
Headquarters 1, Lesia Ukrainka Square,
Kiev, Ukraine, 01196 [1]
Agency executives
Website Official website
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The Central Election Commission of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Центральна виборча комісія України, commonly abbreviated in Ukrainian as ЦВК (Tse-Ve-Ka); sometimes referred to as the Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine) is a permanent and independent collegiate body of the Ukrainian government.

Mission and Authority

The Commission is vested with authority to supervise and conduct presidential, parliamentary, and local self-government elections in Ukraine, as well as Ukrainian and local referendums. It issues mandatory decrees, which may be appealed to the Supreme Court of Ukraine or the High Administrative Court of Ukraine. The Commission is directly financed from the state budget of Ukraine.

The Commission doesn’t have any legal power to perform checks, investigate finance issues or punish violations.[3]

The overall trust in the Central Election Commission of Ukraine in Ukraine is very low.[4]

Composition and Appointment

The Commission consists of 15 members. Each member is appointed for a 7-year term by the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine. Nominees are submitted by the President of Ukraine upon consultations with parliamentary factions and groups. Appointed members take an oath of office at the plenary session meeting of the parliament. All members of the commission have a higher education in law. The chairman of the commission is elected by the members of the commission through a secret voting.

The Commission elects out of its ranks the head of the Commission, deputy heads, and the secretary of the Commission.

Secretariat of the Commission

  • Chairman
  • Deputy
  • Operation-Methodical Department
  • Legal Department
  • Informational Department
  • Department of Document Support
  • Managing and Material-Technical Support Department
  • Division in relationships with public media
  • Division of human resources and the state service
  • Division of planning and financing
  • Division of control and use of funds
  • Accounting division
  • Division of international cooperation
  • Editorial-publishing division
  • Supporting service of the Central Election Commission

History

The first election commission in Ukraine was created in 1917 as an Electoral Bureau of the General Secretary of Internal Affairs and was headed by Mykhailo Kovenko. It prepared elections to the Ukrainian Constituent Assembly, which were interrupted by the Ukrainian-Soviet War. In 1989 the modern election commission was created under the Cabinet of Ukraine, which in 1997 became an independent body of the Ukrainian government.

Districts

There are different electoral divisions depending on the level of elections. Before the electoral of 1997 and the installation of the Central Election Commission the country consisted of 450 electoral districts (number of parliamentarians in Verkhovna Rada). With the introduction of party voting principle the number of districts changed to 225. Each electoral district includes around 120-180 smaller electoral precincts (dilnytsi).

Beside the national level elections the country conducts local elections as well. Each region (oblast or Autonomous Republic Crimea), district (raion), urban or rural settlement (see Administrative divisions of Ukraine) has its own council (rada) amounting altogether to some 12,088 councils of various size across the nation.[5]

Western Ukraine

Election
year
ZakarpattiaChernivtsiIvano-FrankivskLvivTernopilVolynRivne
districtsnumberdistrictsnumberdistrictsnumberdistrictsnumberdistrictsnumberdistrictsnumberdistrictsnumber
totalchangetotalchangetotalchangetotalchangetotalchangetotalchangetotalchange
1990167-17711 0430-4378 0196-20712 0258-28124 0355-36410 040-489 0332-34110 0
1994167-17610 1431-4388 0195-20612 0260-28223 1356-36510 064-729 0333-34210 0
199870-745 5202-2054 484-896 6115-12612 11163-1675 519-235 4152-1565 5
199970-745 0202-2054 084-896 0115-12612 0163-1675 019-235 0152-1565 0
200270-756 1202-2054 085-906 0116-12712 0164-1685 019-235 0153-1575 0
200470-756 0204-2074 085-906 0117-12812 0166-1705 019-235 0155-1595 0
200666-705 1207-2104 079-857 1112-12514 2165-1728 320-267 2151-1577 2
200766-705 0207-2104 079-857 0112-12514 0165-1728 020-265 0151-1577 0
201069-746 1204-2074 084-907 0117-12812 2165-1695 319-235 2154-1585 2
201268-735 0201-2044 083-897 0115-12612 0163-1675 019-235 0152-1565 0
  

Presidential elections

Northern Ukraine

Election
year
ZhytomyrKievKiev cityChernihivSumy
districtsnumberdistrictsnumberdistrictsnumberdistrictsnumberdistrictsnumber
totalchangetotalchangetotalchangetotalchangetotalchange
1990153-16614 0208-22417 01-2222 0438-45013 0342-35413 0
1994154-16613 1207-22317 01-2323 1439-45012 1343-35513 0
199864-696 790-978 9212-22312 11206-2116 6157-1626 7
199964-696 090-978 0212-22312 0206-2116 0157-1626 0
200264-696 091-988 0212-22312 0206-2116 0158-1636 0
200464-696 091-999 1214-22310 2208-2136 0160-1656 0
200656-6510 486-949 0218-2247 3211-2177 1158-1647 1
200756-6510 086-949 0218-2247 0211-2177 0158-1647 0
201063-686 491-999 0214-22310 3208-2136 1159-1646 1
201262-676 090-989 0211-22313 3205-2106 0157-1626 0
  

Presidential elections

Members

  • Mykhaylo Okhendovsky (Охендовський Михайло Володимирович) (chairman)[2]
  • Andriy Mahera (Магера Андрій Йосипович) (deputy chairman)
  • Zhanna Usenko-Chorna (Усенко-Чорна Жанна Іванівна) (deputy chairwoman)
  • Tetiana Lukash (Лукаш Тетяна Леонідівна) (secretary)
  • Tamara Astakhova (Астахова Тамара Валеріївна)
  • Yuriy Danylevskyi (Данилевський Юрій Миколайович)
  • Yuriy Donchenko (Донченко Юрій Григорович)
  • Ihor Zhydenko (Жиденко Ігор Григорович)
  • Bronislav Raykovskyy (Райковський Броніслав Станіславович)
  • Oleksandr Chupakhin (Чупахін Олександр Михайлович)
  • Yulia Shvets (Швець Юлія Вікторівна)
  • Oleksandr Shelestov (Шелестов Олександр Миколайович)
  • Valeriy Sheludko (Шелудько Валерій Євгенович)
  • 1 vacant seat[6]

Former members

Former members of the Commission were appointed by the parliament on December 8, 2004. This appointment was an integral part of the legislative package to resolve the presidential election crisis in Ukraine. These members supervised the repeat of the second round of the presidential elections on December 26, 2004.

Members of the Commission as of January 1, 2005 were:

  • Yaroslav Davydovych (Давидович Ярослав Васильович) (chairman)
  • Maryna Stavniychuk (Ставнійчук Марина Іванівна) (deputy chairwoman)
  • Mykola Melnyk (Мельник Микола Іванович) (deputy chairman)
  • Serhiy Dubovyk (Дубовик Сергій Олегович) (secretary)
  • Yuriy Donchenko (Донченко Юрій Григорович)
  • Valentyna Zavalevska (Завалевська Валентина Олександрівна)
  • Ihor Kachur (Качур Ігор Анатолійович)
  • Ruslan Knyazevych (Князевич Руслан Петрович)
  • Andriy Mahera (Магера Андрій Йосипович)
  • Mykhaylo Okhendrovskyy (Охендовський Михайло Володимирович)
  • Anatoliy Pysarenko (Писаренко Анатолій Аркадійович)
  • Bronislav Raykovskyy (Райковський Броніслав Станіславович)
  • Zhanna Usenko-Chorna (Усенко-Чорна Жанна Іванівна)
  • Oleksandr Chupakhin (Чупахін Олександр Михайлович)
  • Valeriy Sheludko (Шелудько Валерій Євгенович)

Previous Members

  • Valeriy Bondyk (Бондик Валерій Анатолійович) (February 17, 2004 - December 8, 2004)
  • Yuriy Danylevskyy (Данилевський Юрій Миколайович) (April 7, 1999 - December 8, 2004)
  • Serhiy Kivalov (Ківалов Сергій Васильович) (February 17 - December 8, 2004); currently a member of the Parliament of Ukraine[7]
  • Mykola Rybachuk (Рибачук Микола Филимонович) (April 7, 1999 - December 8, 2004)

See also

Presidential elections

Parliamentary elections

References

  • The Law of Ukraine "On the Central Election Commission", No. 1932-IV (1932-15), dated June 30, 2004, promulgated July 9, 2004 (text in Ukrainian).
  • The Decree of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine "On Appointing the Members of the Central Election Commission", No. 2225-IV (2225-15), dated December 8, 2004, promulgated December 8, 2004 (text in Ukrainian)

Coordinates: 50°25′40″N 30°32′28″E / 50.42778°N 30.54111°E / 50.42778; 30.54111

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