24 September during the briefing at Ukraine Crisis Centre, the participants of civil movement CHESNO Taras Shevchenko (the director of Media Law Institute) and Andriy Kruglashov (CentreUA) announced their demands to candidates in local elections.
The members of CHESNO addressed candidates in local deputies and candidates for mayor seats.
The key requirements of CHESNO are:
- Publish property declaration of candidates on the party’s website before 1 October 2015;
- Publish a detailed interim report on the use of campaign funds on the party’s website before 20 October 2015;
- Publish a full detailed report on the use of campaign funds on the party’s website before 30 October 2015;
- Do not nominate candidates who are persons involved in a case of anti-corruption investigations;
- Do not nominate candidates who have already been the deputies of the previous convocation and missed more than 25% of sessions or of Plenary Committee of Rada;
- Candidates for mayor are to prepare and publish their election program.
Elections to local town halls will take place on 25 October. According to the new law of Ukraine On Local Elections the right to nominate candidates in multi-, single-member districts and mayors is only endowed of political parties. For this reason, the movement CHESNO call parties not to nominate candidates who were involved in anti- corruption investigations of law enforcement bodies, or were materials of anti-corruption investigations of respected journalistic publications (“Our Money,” “Schemes”, “Slidstvo.Info”, “Ukrainian Truth”, “Anti-corruption Centre”, and other respected journalistic publications) or may be involved in corruption schemes.
Furthermore, CHESNO calls not to nominate candidates who being the deputies of the previous convocation, missed more than 25% of sessions or of Plenary Committee of Rada. In spring of 2015, the movement CHESNO started its campaign “Fair spring – responsible autumn” that analysed the work of local deputies in 20 cities of Ukraine. One of the criteria of CHESNO was attendance of the deputies their plenary sessions and sessions of Plenary Committee of Rada. The movement possesses the information of attendance of the deputies of the previous convocation from the moment of their election as on 1 March 2015 and will be analysing the parties’ lists on the presence of absentees.
The analysis of the parties’ lists will be conducted by CHESNO, as soon as they are publicly available. All materials can be found on the website (in Ukrainian).
The video briefing of the briefing can be found here.