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Yanukovych again calls on all political forces to participate in work of Constitutional Assembly

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Aug. 24, 2012, 2:43 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has again called on all political forces and civil society organizations in the country to participate in the work of the Constitutional Assembly in order to prepare a new wording of the Constitution of Ukraine.
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has again called on all political forces and civil society organizations in the country to participate in the work of the Constitutional Assembly in order to prepare a new wording of the Constitution of Ukraine. 

"I am calling on all political and public forces to forget about the current political situation and participate in the work of the assembly," he said at an Independence Day ceremony in Kyiv on Friday.

Yanukovych said that the Constitutional Assembly would ensure a high level of professionalism and transparency in the preparation of a new constitution.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 24, 2012, 6:45 p.m.    

As part of his Independence Day address Viktor Yanukovych stated "I am calling on all political and public forces to forget about the current political situation and participate in the work of the assembly". What a bunch of utter nonsense! How can this man expect cooperation from the Opposition when he and his Government are actively harrassing political opponents at every turn and resorting to falsifications in having selected individuals illegally prosecuted and imprisoned? What cooperation can he expect when he has totally corrupted law enforcement bodies and the entire judicial process? Moreover, what kind of cooperation can he expect when he and his cronies continuously defile the current Constitution of Ukraine except in cases where it corresponds with their political agenda? Does he actually expect his opponents or even those who hold neutral views to accept a POR Constitution? What a bunch of rot!

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 25, 2012, 2:57 a.m.    

Yes but the truth is in the detail. It's one thing to call for constitutional reform but another to put forward and support a model that will deliver democratic representative.

Ukraine will never be a free independent democratic state as long as it remains beholden to presidential rule.

Sny proposed constiitutional reform must seek to remove presidential power and authority and embrace a full Parliamentray system of governance. Government should be formed from and by the people's demo article elected parliament. Along the lines of the British Westminsiter system and other Aeuropean states.

The head of state should be elected by a constiitutional majority of Ukraine's parliament as is the case in Estonia, Latvia, Hungary and a host of other Eurpeoan states that are parliamentary democracies.

Th parliament must be representative, providing equal and Accouble representation.

The MMP split mandate system adopted by Yanukovuch is not representative or democratic..

The dual split mandate where half of the single chamber parliament is elected by proportional representation and the other half elected by single member first-past-post voting system will create divisions in the representative model.

First-past-the-post voting is inherently undemocratic and unrepresentative.

A candidate with the highest votes is elected. A candidate can win a seat in parliament with less than 50% support and as little as 30%. With large sectors of the population not supporting the winning candidate.

A preferred model would be to establish 40 or 90 local electorates with each electorate electing 9 or 5 members of parliament respectively by a system of preferential proportional representation with the quota for election being 16.7 or 10% in each electorate.

Auchincloss a model is in line with the recomendatiosn put forward by the Venice Commission and if adopted would provide a truely representative parliament.

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