HOME -> PARLINE -> UKRAINE (Verkhovna Rada)
Print this pagePrint this page
PARLINE database new searchNew search
Verkhovna Rada (Parliament)

Compare data for parliamentary chambers in the Presidency module

Parliament name (generic / translated) Verkhovna Rada / Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title Chairman of Parliament
Term - duration: 5 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution of the Parliament
Appointment - elected by all Members of the Parliament
- the election is held during the first sitting of the newly elected Parliament
- after Members' mandates have been validated
Eligibility - anyMember may be a candidate
Voting system - formal vote by secret ballot
- one single round, requiring a two-thirds majority of the votes cast
Procedures / results - a Member elected at the start of the sitting presides over Parliament during the voting
- the Chairman of the Special Committee for Calculation supervises the voting
- the Chairman of the Special Committee for Calculation announces the results without delay
- the results cannot be challenged

Status - represents the Parliament with the authorities
- represents the Parliament in international bodies
- in the absence of the President, one of the Vice-Presidents can assume his/her role and functions
Board - the Presidium is regulated by the Standing Orders
- consists of the President and the chairmen of committees and political groups, all of whom serve five-year terms
- meets once weekly
- constitutes a collegial presidency

Material facilities - allowance
- official car
- secretariat
- additional staff
- bodyguards

Organization of parliamentary business - may submit proposals relating to the agenda to the Presidium
- organizes the debates and sets speaking time
- examines the admissibility of bills and amendments
- refers texts to a committee for study
- examines the admissibility of requests for setting up committees and/or committees of enquiry, proposes or decides on the setting-up of such committees with the agreement of the Presidium
Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and lift sittings
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the Parliament
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures
- establishes the list of speakers, gives and withdraws permission to speak
- establishes the order in which amendments are taken up and selects which amendments are to be debated
- calls for a vote, decides how it is to be carried out, verifies the voting procedure and cancels a vote in the event of irregularities
- checks the quorum
- authenticates the texts adopted and the records of debates
- interprets the rules or other regulations governing the life of the Parliament
- has discretionary power to give the floor outside the agenda and thus organizes impromptu debates with the agreement of the Presidium
Special powers - approves the budget of the Parliament
- recruits, assigns and promotes staff
- appoints the Secretary General
- organizes the services of the Parliament
- plays a specific role in supervising foreign affairs or defence matters
- is responsible for relations with foreign Parliaments
- is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the Parliament
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - takes the floor in legislative debates
- provides guidelines for interpreting or supplementing the text under discussion
- takes part in voting
- proposes bills or amendments
- intervenes in the parliamentary oversight procedure
- verifies the constitutionality of laws

Copyright 1996-2016 Inter-Parliamentary Union