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Yanukovych signs law on parliamentary elections

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Dec. 8, 2011, 12:23 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Viktor Yanukovych has signed a law on the election of people's deputies.
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has signed the law on the election of people's deputies, the presidential press service has reported. A statement posted on the Web site of the head of state on Thursday says that Yanukovych "welcomes the consolidation of all political forces in the Verkhovna Rada around the election law."

"The new law was prepared with the participation of domestic and international experts, meets the international standards of democracy and complies with respective international obligations," reads the statement.

The president said that the next parliamentary elections, which will be held under the new law, "will be democratic and witness the free will of the Ukrainian people."

On Dec. 2 Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn has signed the law on parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

On Nov. 17, 2011, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, adopted a law that foresees the election of people's deputies under a mixed system (50% from party lists and 50% from constituencies), introduces a 5% election threshold and bans the participation of blocs of political parties.

In addition, the document contains a provision under which a person can be elected to the parliament under party lists and in a majority constituency.

Experts said that earlier the Constitutional Court had declared this provision unconstitutional.

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