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Verkhovna Rada (Parliament)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Verkhovna Rada / Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral Law 17 November 2011
(came into force on 15 December 2011) Last amendment: 5 April 2012 (Constitutional Court decision)
Mode of designation directly elected 450
Constituencies - 225 single-member constituencies for the majority system
- one nationwide constituency for the proportional representation system
Voting system Mixed: - Majority system (First-past-the-post) for 225 seats
- Proportional representation system using closed party list for 225 seats. Parties must obtain a minimum of 5 per cent of the vote to gain parliamentary representation.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: at least 18 years old on election day
- Ukrainian citizenship
- Ukrainians living and working overseas who are registered on the electoral list established by the Ukrainian diplomatic mission in their country of residence are entitled to vote.
- disqualifications: legally-declared insanity
Eligibility - qualified electors
- age: at least 21 years old on election day
- Ukrainian citizenship
- residence in Ukraine for at least five years prior to election
- ineligibilities: persons with an unexpunged criminal record related to a serious (intentional) crime
Incompatibilities - Members of Cabinet
- Chairpersons of central government agencies
- Holders of any elected office
- Civil servants
- Persons performing any remunerated activities other than parliamentary work (except for teaching, scientific and creative activities and the medical profession)
- Persons involved in pre-trial investigation, prosecution authorities and agents of the courts
- Executives and board members of companies or organizations
Candidacy requirements - Majority system: Candidacy by independents or political parties
- Proportional representation system: Nomination by a political party registered by the Ministry of Justice
- Candidatures must be submitted at least 75 days prior to election day
- A deposit equivalent to 2,000 minimum wages per party for the nation-wide constituency in the proportional system, 12 minimum wages per candidate for a constituency in the majority system (the minimum wage is set at 1102 UAH in July-October 2012)
- The deposit is reimbursed if the party/candidate wins parliamentary representation

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