Any hurdles being actively formed in Ukraine to the electoral process in amalgamated hromadas (AHs), which are an effective form of self-government, are inadmissible. There is no legally stipulated ban on the desire of people to unite and develop their territories. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman made this statement during a special meeting with the leadership of the Central Election Commission and the Ministry of Justice on the question of the unblocking of elections in more than 100 newly established AHs.
Existing legal discrepancies have led to the fact that the elections are jeopardised. And this undermines the process of further decentralisation in Ukraine, which is one of the most far-reaching reforms of the Government.
"This is not just blocking of the elections. This is an attempt to put a halt on one of the key reforms. And for me it's not just another change. I came to work to the Government in order to put into practice this reform, and I changed my life for these reasons. I am ready to be further committed to the decentralisation, but it is necessary to conduct this process at all stages, There are no direct prohibitions and obstacles to the electoral process," Volodymyr Groysman claimed.
The meeting participants emphasised that there are no compelling grounds for abolishing the planned will expression. Instead, there are legal nuances that need to be resolved and clarified. The key task now is to solve them, because now Ukraine is passing the so-called point of non-return, when not only the state, but also the consciousness of citizens changes.
In this context, the Head of the Government urged to find an acceptable mechanism and ensure the holding of elections in November, or not later than the end of this year. Such a step, according to the Prime Minister, will be understandable to both voters, hromadas and the Government. To keep people in the dark is inadmissible.
"The process in which decentralisation began to gain momentum, and hromadas started to restore local self-government and revive, can not be stopped. And the Government is fully committed to this ideology and the idea of decentralisation.We have to move forward and we can not stop. I will fight for a successful decentralisation process. I will ensure that nobody prevents people from uniting and becoming successful, creating new kindergartens, new schools, new roads, parks, and new enterprises", the Head of the Government underscored.
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