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Opposition bloc hails open list election model

Myroshnychenko expressed support for the abandonment of majoritarian system.

Verkhovna Rada deputy Yuriy Myroshnychenko (Opposition Bloc) says the open list model of elections is "very progressive for Ukraine".

He said this at a public consultation "Equal access to politics," hosted by Gorshenin Institute and organized by UA Center public organization and the Anna Yaroslavna Collegium think tank.

Myroshnychenko said that Ukraine needs to change the electoral system and stated in support of open party lists.

"Any democracy needs competition, reflecting the needs of the public. Unfortunately, the current electoral system does not encourage a fair, free and equal competition," he said.

"In the context of Ukraine where there is a large element of corruption, open regional lists allow combining the advantages of both proportional and majoritarian system. On the one hand, it stresses the ideological unity of candidates, so that later they can work as a team. On the other hand, it marks the departure from the rigid party [discipline]. A party offers candidates and then a voter can decide on his trust in this or that candidate. I think it's a fair and very progressive model," the deputy stressed.