Preliminary Comments on the Proposed Law on National Referendums in Ukraine

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15 Nov 2012

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In Ukraine, the current procedure for holding national and local referendums is governed by the 1991 Law on National and Local Referendums.

Two referendums have been held under this current law: one in 1991 to approve Ukraine’s Declaration of Independence; and another in 2000 to amend the constitution. On April 29, 2010, Member of Parliament Dmytro Shpenov submitted a draft Law on National Referendums to replace this current law. Shpenov’s proposal was widely debated and a large number of amendments were proposed. On November 6, 2012, parliament adopted the Law as proposed by Shpenov without adopting any of the proposed amendments. The Law has yet to be signed by President Yanukovych.

This paper provides a summary of the Law on National Referendums recently passed by the Ukrainian Parliament, as well as commentary on the legislation.