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Parliament passes law on local elections

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July 12, 2010, 1:13 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the country's parliament, has adopted a bill on the procedure for holding elections to the Supreme Council of the Crimean Autonomous Republic, local councils and mayors of cities, towns and villages. A total of 259 out of 485 MPs registered in the hall voted to pass the bill on Saturday.

The bill stipulates that the elections to the Supreme Council of the Crimean Autonomous Republic, regional, district, city, town councils and councils of city areas are held according to a mixed proportional electoral system, which means that half of the seats in a relevant council are won by getting a simple majority of votes in single-member constituencies, whereas the other half are distributed among candidates on the lists of political organizations in proportion to the number of votes received in multi-member constituencies.

According to the document, elections to rural councils are held under a simple plurality voting system based on single-member constituencies.

Elections of mayors of cities, towns and villages are held under a plurality voting system in single-member constituencies that lie within the boundaries of a relevant city, town or village.
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