Yushchenko: Open list of candidates for parliamentary elections a condition for eradicating corruption

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Dec. 12, 2009, 12:28 p.m. | Ukraine — by Ukrainian News
President Victor Yushchenko considers open list of candidates for parliamentary elections as one of the conditions for eradicating corruption.

The presidential press service announced this in a statement.

According to Yushchenko, the Ukrainian Constitution is unfinished following its amendment in 2004, and it should be mended. In particular, Yuschenko said it was necessary to eliminate the Constitution's provisions on closed election lists.

"To change this is to see in power those Ukrainians for whom the interests of the nation are key... People are going to the parliament with the sole aim of recovering what they put into the till, into the purse of one party or another," Yuschenko said in an interview on the Rivne television channel.

Yuschenko expressed the belief that closed election lists have resulted in an increase in corruption in the country.

"As a result of this, V. Yuschenko is convinced that corruption is widespread in the government, the authorities are stealing land and state funds," the press service said in the statement.

Yuschenko also stressed that the draft Constitution that he submitted to the parliament for consideration was based exclusively on constitutional norms.

However, according to Yuschenko, the current parliament is not ready to adopt positive decisions regarding amendment of the Constitution.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Yuschenko recently said that he intended to submit to the parliament for consideration a draft law that provided for introduction of election of local councils based on the majority representation system and introduction of open party lists for parliamentary elections.

The parliament rejected on November 3 a draft law that provided for improving the procedures for creating territorial elections commissions and introducing open lists of candidates for election to local councils.

In July 2005, the parliament amended the Law on Election of Parliamentary Deputies to introduce elections based on the proportional representation system (in which political parties or blocs nominate parliamentary candidates).
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Anonymous Dec. 12, 2009, 2:58 p.m.    

Open list yes, BUT not Yushchenko's proposed reforms.

The devil is in the detail and the proposed reforms introduced by Yushchenko are not in Ukraine's best interests. Instated of a democracy Yushenko wants to establish an autocracy whew absolute power is placed into the hands of the president. Yushchenko proposed Senate would be un representative and divisive. Instead of uniting Ukraine it will fuel division resentment and ongoing political conflict.

Ukraine needs to embrace a full European parliamentary model of governance. It needs to ensure that the model is based on sound democratic principles of one vote one person. Each vote must have equal value and equal representation.

A prefered option would be to create local electorates with each electorate electing nine members of parliament on a 10 percent quota. The method of election should be Single Transferable vote - Proportional Representation using the Meek m rthod of counting the vote. This option would ensure that Ukraine's Parlaiment is democratically represented.

It should avcoid the option of a MMP hybrid system. they do not work. If Ukraine MUST have a senatorial bycameral parliemnt then the Senate should be a national house not regional agian the method of election should be proportional; representation.

The main issue being that power must be held in the hands of the the peoples democratically elected parliament and not in the hands of the President. The head of state should be elected by a constitutional majority of the parliamentary and the Prime-minster appointed from and by the parliament.

The Presidential system has failed Ukraine and will continue to do so.

If Ukraine wants to be a part of Europe then it MUST adopt a European Parliamentary system not a soviet/US presidential model.

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Anonymous Dec. 12, 2009, 3:37 p.m.    

one of these comments is more than enough

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Anonymous Dec. 13, 2009, 2:21 p.m.    

The first one escaped before a spell check Sorry

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