Central Election Commission (Ukraine)

The Central Election Commission of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Центральна виборча комісія України, commonly abbreviated in Ukrainian as ЦВК (Tse-Ve-Ka); sometimes referred to as the Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine) is a permanent and independent collegiate body of the Ukrainian state that acts on the basis of the Constitution of Ukraine, the laws of Ukraine and is responsible for organizing the arrangements and the conduct of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine as well as the local elections at all levels, managing the all-Ukrainian and local referenda according to the procedure and within the legal framework defined by the laws of Ukraine.

Central Election Commission
(Центральна виборча комісія)
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Agency overview
FormedNovember 1997
Jurisdiction Ukraine
Headquarters1, Lesia Ukrainka Square,
Kiev, Ukraine, 01196 [1]
Agency executive
  • Oleh Didenko (since 4 October 2019[2]), Chairperson of the Commission
WebsiteOfficial website
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Legislative status

The Commission manages the system of election commissions and referendum commissions established to arrange and conduct the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine as well as the all-Ukrainian referenda. The Commission supervises activities and provides the advisory and methodological support to the commissions established to arrange and conduct the local elections at all levels as well as the local referenda.

The Commission discharges its mandate independently, separately from other government authorities, municipalities, officials and public officers.

General Information, Composition and Appointment

In November 1997 a new state institution, the Central Election Commission, was established according to the Constitution requirements. The Law of Ukraine "On the Central Election Commission" stipulates that the Central Election Commission shall be a permanent state body, which, in compliance with the Constitution of Ukraine, ensures the arrangements and the conduct of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine as well as the all-Ukrainian referenda.

The Central Election Commission also provides advisory-methodological support of elections and local referenda to local councils, village, town, city mayors. It supervises the system of election commissions established to arrange and conduct the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine as well as the all-Ukrainian referenda , coordinates their activities.

The Central Election Commission is an independent state body. In order to perform its functions the Commission is entitled to enable the involvement of public authorities at all levels into the implementation of this extremely important state activity. The Commission performs its duties on the principles of legality, independence, objectivity, competence, professionalism, collegial decision-making, reliability, openness and transparency.

The activities of the Commission are carried out openly and publicly.

The Commission has its own publication - "The Bulletin of the Central Election Commission".

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appoints and terminates the authority of the CEC members upon the proposal of the President of Ukraine. The presidential submission on the CEC members shall take into account the nominee proposals of current parliamentary factions and groups.


The Commission consists of 17 CEC members (prior to September 2018 15 members).[3] The Commission functions on a regular basis. Member of the Commission is a public officer. Each member is appointed for a 7-year term by the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine. A Commission member may be a citizen of Ukraine, who shall not be under twenty five years old on the appointment date, has the right to vote, has been lived in Ukraine for at least the last five years and commands the official language. The Chairperson of the Commission, the Deputy Chair of the Commission, the Secretary of the Commission, as well as at least five other members of the Commission shall have higher education in the field of law.

Secretariat of the Commission

  • Chairman
  • Deputy
  • Operation-Methodical Department
  • Legal Department
  • Informational Department
  • Department of Document Support
  • Managing and Material-Technical Support Department
  • Division in relationships with public media
  • Division of human resources and the state service
  • Division of planning and financing
  • Division of control and use of funds
  • Accounting division
  • Division of international cooperation
  • Editorial-publishing division
  • Supporting service of the Central Election Commission



The first election commission in Ukraine was created in 1917 as an Electoral Bureau of the General Secretary of Internal Affairs and was headed by Mykhailo Kovenko. It prepared elections to the Ukrainian Constituent Assembly, which were interrupted by the Ukrainian-Soviet War. In 1989 the modern election commission was created under the Cabinet of Ukraine, which in 1997 became an independent body of the Ukrainian government.


There are different electoral divisions depending on the level of elections. Before the electoral of 1997 and the installation of the Central Election Commission the country consisted of 450 electoral districts (number of parliamentarians in Verkhovna Rada). With the introduction of party voting principle the number of districts changed to 225. Each electoral district includes around 120-180 smaller electoral precincts (dilnytsi).

Beside the national level elections the country conducts local elections as well. Each region (oblast or Autonomous Republic Crimea), district (raion), urban or rural settlement (see Administrative divisions of Ukraine) has its own council (rada) amounting altogether to some 12,088 councils of various size across the nation.[4]

Western Ukraine

1990167-17711 0430-4378 0196-20712 0258-28124 0355-36410 040-489 0332-34110 0
1994167-17610 1431-4388 0195-20612 0260-28223 1356-36510 064-729 0333-34210 0
199870-745 5202-2054 484-896 6115-12612 11163-1675 519-235 4152-1565 5
199970-745 0202-2054 084-896 0115-12612 0163-1675 019-235 0152-1565 0
200270-756 1202-2054 085-906 0116-12712 0164-1685 019-235 0153-1575 0
200470-756 0204-2074 085-906 0117-12812 0166-1705 019-235 0155-1595 0
200666-705 1207-2104 079-857 1112-12514 2165-1728 320-267 2151-1577 2
200766-705 0207-2104 079-857 0112-12514 0165-1728 020-265 0151-1577 0
201069-746 1204-2074 084-907 0117-12812 2165-1695 319-235 2154-1585 2
201268-735 0201-2044 083-897 0115-12612 0163-1675 019-235 0152-1565 0

Presidential elections

Northern Ukraine

ZhytomyrKievKiev cityChernihivSumy
1990153-16614 0208-22417 01-2222 0438-45013 0342-35413 0
1994154-16613 1207-22317 01-2323 1439-45012 1343-35513 0
199864-696 790-978 9212-22312 11206-2116 6157-1626 7
199964-696 090-978 0212-22312 0206-2116 0157-1626 0
200264-696 091-988 0212-22312 0206-2116 0158-1636 0
200464-696 091-999 1214-22310 2208-2136 0160-1656 0
200656-6510 486-949 0218-2247 3211-2177 1158-1647 1
200756-6510 086-949 0218-2247 0211-2177 0158-1647 0
201063-686 491-999 0214-22310 3208-2136 1159-1646 1
201262-676 090-989 0211-22313 3205-2106 0157-1626 0

Presidential elections


The current Central Election Commission approved by parliament on 4 October 2019 includes 17 members[5]:

  • Oleh Didenko (chairman[6])
  • Oksana Boyarchuk
  • Yuriy Buhlaka
  • Olena Hataullina
  • Andriy Hevko
  • Viktoria Glushchenko
  • Vitaliy Gren
  • Serhiy Dubovyk
  • Andriy Yevstihneyev
  • Iryna Yefremova
  • Oleksandra Karmaza
  • Pavlo Liubchenko
  • Yuriy Myroshnychenko
  • Volodymyr Perepeliuk
  • Vitaliy Plukar
  • Serhiy Postivyi
  • Yuriy Frytsky

Former members

On 5 October 2018[7] 14 new members began to exercise their powers (the Ukrainian parliament had appointed on 20 September 2018[8]):

  • Tetiana Slipachuk (Chairperson of the Central Election Commission[7])
  • Alla Basalaieva
  • Natalia Bernatska (Secretary of the Central Election Commission)
  • Mykhailo Verbenskyi
  • Andriy Yevstigneiev
  • Iryna Yefremova
  • Olha Zheltova
  • Oleh Konopolskyi (Deputy Chair of the Central Election Commission)
  • Svitlana Kustova
  • Olha Lotiuk
  • Vitaliy Plukar
  • Yevhenіі Radchenko (Deputy Chair of the Central Election Commission)
  • Leontiy Shypilov
  • Tetiana Yuzkova

In April 2014 parliament had already appointed:[9]

  • Kateryna Makhnitska
  • Oleh Didenko

As of 20 September 2018 one seat was vacant.[9]

All members (appointed on 20 September 2018 and since) were dismissed by parliament on 13 September 2019.[10]

The Ukrainian parliament dismissed the following 13 members of the Central Election Commission on 20 September 2018:[11]

  • Mykhaylo Okhendovsky (Охендовський Михайло Володимирович) (chairman)[12]
  • Andriy Mahera (Магера Андрій Йосипович) (deputy chairman)
  • Zhanna Usenko-Chorna (Усенко-Чорна Жанна Іванівна) (deputy chairwoman)
  • Tetiana Lukash (Лукаш Тетяна Леонідівна) (secretary)
  • Tamara Astakhova (Астахова Тамара Валеріївна)
  • Yuriy Danylevskyi (Данилевський Юрій Миколайович)
  • Yuriy Donchenko (Донченко Юрій Григорович)
  • Ihor Zhydenko (Жиденко Ігор Григорович)
  • Bronislav Raykovskyy (Райковський Броніслав Станіславович)
  • Oleksandr Chupakhin (Чупахін Олександр Михайлович)
  • Yulia Shvets (Швець Юлія Вікторівна)
  • Oleksandr Shelestov (Шелестов Олександр Миколайович)
  • Valeriy Sheludko (Шелудько Валерій Євгенович)

Former members of the Commission were appointed by the parliament on December 8, 2004. This appointment was an integral part of the legislative package to resolve the presidential election crisis in Ukraine. These members supervised the repeat of the second round of the presidential elections on December 26, 2004.

Members of the Commission as of January 1, 2005 were:

  • Yaroslav Davydovych (Давидович Ярослав Васильович) (chairman)
  • Maryna Stavniychuk (Ставнійчук Марина Іванівна) (deputy chairwoman)
  • Mykola Melnyk (Мельник Микола Іванович) (deputy chairman)
  • Serhiy Dubovyk (Дубовик Сергій Олегович) (secretary)
  • Yuriy Donchenko (Донченко Юрій Григорович)
  • Valentyna Zavalevska (Завалевська Валентина Олександрівна)
  • Ihor Kachur (Качур Ігор Анатолійович)
  • Ruslan Knyazevych (Князевич Руслан Петрович)
  • Andriy Mahera (Магера Андрій Йосипович)
  • Mykhaylo Okhendrovskyy (Охендовський Михайло Володимирович)
  • Anatoliy Pysarenko (Писаренко Анатолій Аркадійович)
  • Bronislav Raykovskyy (Райковський Броніслав Станіславович)
  • Zhanna Usenko-Chorna (Усенко-Чорна Жанна Іванівна)
  • Oleksandr Chupakhin (Чупахін Олександр Михайлович)
  • Valeriy Sheludko (Шелудько Валерій Євгенович)

Previous Members

  • Valeriy Bondyk (Бондик Валерій Анатолійович) (February 17, 2004 - December 8, 2004)
  • Yuriy Danylevskyy (Данилевський Юрій Миколайович) (April 7, 1999 - December 8, 2004)
  • Serhiy Kivalov (Ківалов Сергій Васильович) (February 17 - December 8, 2004); currently a member of the Parliament of Ukraine[13]
  • Mykola Rybachuk (Рибачук Микола Филимонович) (April 7, 1999 - December 8, 2004)


  • 1989–1992 Vitaliy Boiko (also Minister of Justice of Ukrainian SSR—Ukraine) (commission of 45 members)
  • 1993–1997 Ivan Yemets (commission of 16 members)
  • 1997–2004 Mykhailo Ryabets (commission of 42 members)
  • 2004–2004 Serhiy Kivalov
  • 2004–2007 Yaroslav Davydovych
  • 2007–2013 Volodymyr Shapoval
  • 2013–2018 Mykhaylo Okhendovsky
  • 2018–2019 Tetiana Slipachuk
  • 2019–present Oleh Didenko[14]

See also

Presidential elections

Parliamentary elections


  • The Law of Ukraine "On the Central Election Commission", No. 1932-IV (1932-15), dated June 30, 2004, promulgated July 9, 2004 (text in Ukrainian).
  • The Decree of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine "On Appointing the Members of the Central Election Commission", No. 2225-IV (2225-15), dated December 8, 2004, promulgated December 8, 2004 (text in Ukrainian)

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