ElectionGudie

April 16, 2000 Held

29,698,047
Voted
Ukraine

Ukraine

Referendum

Results

76%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:29,698,047
Valid Votes:29,281,223
Invalid Votes:416,824

Provisions

Question 1: Do you agree that it is necessary to create a two-chamber parliament where one of the chambers would represent interests of the Ukrainian regions, and to introduce the corresponding changes to the Constitution of Ukraine and legislation on elections?

No4,994,336

16.82

Yes24,284,220

81.78

Question 2: Would you agree to reduce the number of National Deputies of Ukraine from 450 to 300 and to replace, in this context, in the first part of Article 76 the words "four hundred and fifty" by "three hundred", and to make corresponding changes in the legislation on elections?

Yes26,730,432

90.02

No2,597,915

8.75

Question 3: Do you agree with the necessity to limit the immunity of the National Deputies of Ukraine and to delete paragraph three of Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine which reads: "National Deputies of Ukraine cannot be held criminally liable, detained or arrested withough the consent of the Verkhovna Rada"?

Yes26,461,382

89.11

No2,865,560

9.65

Question 4: Do you support the proposal to complete Article 90 of the Constitution of Ukraine with a new third part with the following content: "The President of Ukraine can suspend the powers of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, if the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine fails to form a stable and operational majority in one month, or if it fails to adopt the state budget of Ukraine prepared and submitted in due form by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in three months." That could be considered as an additional reason for the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by the President of Ukraine with a corresponding amendment to paragraph 8 part one of Article 106 of the Constitution of the Ukraine: "and other cases as established in the constitution of Ukraine"?

Yes25,177,984

84.77

No4,126,394

13.89

More Info:

At stake in this Referendum:

  • This referendum consists questions on four separate issues:
    -To reduce the total number of seats in the Supreme Council from 450 to 300.
    -To divide the unicameral Supreme Council into two separate chambers, one of nationally elected officials and the other made up of regional officials appointed by the president.
    -To outlaw legal immunity for deputies to the Supreme Council.
    -To give the president the power to disband parliament if it is unable to form a working parliamentary majority within a month or fails to pass a budget within three months.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Leonid D. KUCHMA
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Viktor YUSHCHENKO
  • Assembly: Ukraine has a unicameral Supreme Council (Verkhovna Rada) with 450 seats.

Main provisions in the Referendum:

  • QUESTION ONE: To reduce the total number of seats in the Supreme Council from 450 to 300
  • QUESTION TWO: To divide the unicameral Supreme Council into two separate chambers, one of nationally elected officials and the other made up of regional officials appointed by the president.
  • QUESTION THREE: To outlaw legal immunity for deputies.
  • QUESTION FOUR: To give President Kuchma the power to disband parliament if it is unable to come to consensus within a month or pass a budget within three months.

Electoral Requirements

  • Each of the four questions needs a simple majority of votes to be approved.
    -At least 50% of all registered voters must participate in the referendum for it to be declared valid.
    -If approved, the proposals must then be ratified by the Supreme Council in order to be enacted.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 49,175,848 (2000)
  • Registered Voters: 38,361,935 (July 1999)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 26,289,780 (2000)

·         Is Ukraine a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Ukraine ratified CEDAW: Yes (12 March 1981)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 35 (following the 1998 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 81 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Ukraine a signatory to CRPD: Yes (24 September 2008)

·         Has Ukraine ratified CRPD: Yes (4 February 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 7,471,676 (est.)