Electoral Commission rejected request to organize referendum to change electoral system due to multiple breaches and mismatches

Electoral Commission has rejected the request regarding the organization of a referendum to annul the uninominal voting system. It has concluded that there have been numerous breaches and errors with the document presented by the initiative group. As a result, taking into consideration the recommendations of Venice Commission, this initiative could not be approved.

Therefore, according to the Code of Good Practice on Referendums, adopted by the Council for Democratic Elections and Venice Commission, in order to organize a referendum all legal terms must be respected.

Representative from Electoral Commission have also found multiple mismatches in the procedure and even errors. Therefore, the deadline was overdue by 10 days following the initiative group holding a session, after notifying the Capital's City Hall regarding the place and date when it will be held.

Moreover, the documents submitted to the Electoral Commission include 737 people, where one name is repeated twice.

The inconsistency were even found in the footnote, stating that the initiative group has 718 members.

At the same time, Electoral Commission was presented for approval the list of the group's members, including 744 people, while in the declarations of consent, the number of people who submitted their IDs was of 726.

The Electoral Code also states that the president, vice president and executive secretary are chosen from the initiative group's members. But the protocol lacks evidence that for those position were chosen only people from within the initiative group, moreover, it contains the signature of 735 voters, meaning all those who participated in the constituent assembly. This number is also present in the protocol of the constituent assembly, proving that people who will hold those positions were chosen by the whole assembly and not exclusively by the formed initiative group, whose number does not matches with that of the people who attended the constituent assembly.

The are also discrepancy in the law project's text forwarded for the referendum and the one submitted to the Electoral Commission.

Moreover, Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, adopted by the Venice Commission, states that all base elements in the conduct of elections, especially the electoral system itself, cannot be changes with less than a year before the next elections. While the Parliament elections will take place this year.

Taking into consideration all those arguments and recommendations of the Venice Commission, the request to register an initiative group for the organization of a referendum to change the electoral system was rejected.

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