The last elections in Ukraine were held in 2012. The assessment of the international expert community concluded that the process represented a drastic shift away from democratic standards of election conduct and political activities. The elections marked an urgent need for reforming electoral legislation in general in the country.
Professional civic organisations, which are experienced in the matters of election process, as well as monitoring of representative bodies, particularly the parliament and local councils, must suggest an Action Plan for effective election reform. In cooperation with project leader Civic Network OPORA, EPD will bring in the EU dimension of Civil Society into the 2015 election project.
The main aim of the Project is to provide a proper legislative base for elections campaigns at different levels (local, parliamentary elections) and apply it to a national civic campaign of election observation in 2015. The ‘Maidan events’ during the winter 2013-14 led to a dramatic re-shifting of the political landscape in Ukraine as well as a change in the electoral schedule. These changes were incorporated into the project by bringing forward activities to 2014 such as training 1,500 observers across the country for the Presidential election on the 25 May 2014.