Minister Poroshenko and his father registered as self-nominees for Vinnytsia region

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Aug. 15, 2012, 1:02 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Central Election Commission has registered Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko as a candidate for lawmaker.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has registered Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko as a candidate for lawmaker.

A respective decision was taken at a commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Poroshenko will stand for parliament as an individual self-nominee in district No. 12 in Vinnytsia region, while his father, an individual self-nominee, a Vinnytsia Regional Council deputy, Oleksiy Poroshenko, was registered as a candidate for MP in district No. 16.

The commission also registered as candidates current MP Pavlo Unhurian (a member of the Batkivschyna Party) in district No. 63 (Zhytomyr region) and individual MP Volodymyr Herasymchuk in district No. 216 (Kyiv).

The commission registered 128 self-nominated candidates on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Parliamentary elections in Ukraine are scheduled for October 28.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 15, 2012, 4:19 p.m.    

Ukraine will ome to regret the reintroduction of single member local constituencies based on the first-past-the-post voting system. The MMP system dual mandates in a Unicameral parliament will not work. It creates divisions and disunity. Under the FPTP voting system the highest polling candidate wins. A candidate can win with as little as 30% support. 70% of voters may be opposed to the winning candidate but because they are divided between other candidates they are denied representation.

A preferred and more democratic option would bro establish local multi-member electorates with each electorate returning 5 or 9 members of Parliamenet.

Alternativey they could establish a bicermeral parliament with local representatives elected by a system of preferential outing forming the lower house with a national representative body eletd by proportional representation forming the senate Upperhouse chamber of review.

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