Voice (Ukrainian political party)

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Voice

Голос
LeaderSvyatoslav Vakarchuk
Founded16 May 2019 (2019-05-16)
Preceded byPlatform of Initiatives[1]
HeadquartersKyiv
IdeologyLiberalism[2]
E-democracy[3]
Pro-Europeanism[4]
Anti-corruption[5]
Political positionCentre[6] to centre-right[7]
Colours     Orange
     Dark blue
SloganParty of Real Changes
Verkhovna Rada
20 / 450
Regions
0 / 158,399
Website
goloszmin.org

Voice (Ukrainian: Голос; Holos) is a liberal and pro-European political party in Ukraine led by famous Ukrainian musician Svyatoslav Vakarchuk.[8]

History[edit]

The party was presented to the public on 16 May 2019 in Kyiv and announced it would run in the upcoming July 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[9] Legally, Holos is an "upgraded" version of the party "Platform of Initiatives" that was founded in 2015 to take part in the 2015 Ukrainian local elections.[10] The creation of the party marks Vakarchuk’s second venture into politics – he previously served as an MP for almost a year after being elected in the 2007 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[11]

The party was first featured in opinion polling (carried out from 16–21 May 2019), its rating was 4.6%.[12]

Party leader Vakarchuk assured on 19 May 2019 that no incumbent MPs would be on the party's list for the 2019 parliamentary election. However, such deputies, whose political views coincide with the party's ideology, may be elected by majority constituencies.[13] In the election, four incumbent MPs will stand as candidates for the party in majority constituencies: Victoria Voytsitska, Pavlo Rizanenko, Victoria Ptashnyk and Leonid Yemets.[14]

The party held its first congress on 8 June 2019, at which part of its party list for the forthcoming elections was announced.[15][16] The top 10 candidates are as follows: 1) Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, 2) Yulia Klimenko, 3) Kira Rudyk, 4) Yaroslav Zheleznyak, 5) Oleksandra Ustinova, 6) Oleh Makarov, 7) Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, 8) Serhiy Rakhmanin, 9) Solomiya Bobrovska, and 10) Olha Stefanyshyna. A few days later, on 12 June, the party withdrew two of its constituency candidates because they had "affiliated with or co-operated with pro-Russian forces", namely Ukrainian Choice and the Opposition Bloc.[17]

In the 2019 parliamentary election 47.6% of the party's elected deputies were woman.[18]

Political positions[edit]

The party declares a democratic approach, supporting the separation of money from politics.[19][20] In economic matters, the party is in favor of introducing a tax on withdrawn capital, a land market, privatization of enterprises, and the fight against illegal customs and tax schemes.[21]

Party leader Vakarchuk stated on 10 June 2019 that the party wants to abolish the current Ukrainian election constituencies (in which 225 seats are elected in constituencies with a first-past-the-post electoral system in one round),[22][23] instead favoring a shift to full open list proportional representation.

According to the analysis of human rights activist Volodymyr Yavorsky, the party program pays great attention to human rights, while there are no populist statements in it.[24]

According to experts of the Centre for Economic Strategy Dmytro Yablonovsky and Daria Mikhailishin, the program focuses on combating corruption through de-oligarchization and by increasing the efficiency of the state through the introduction of modern technologies.[25]

Prominent party members[edit]

Electoral performance[edit]

Verkhovna Rada[edit]

Year Popular vote % of popular vote Position Overall seats won +/- Government
2019 849,085 5.83 5th
20 / 450
Increase20 Opposition

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Ukrainian) The Ministry of Justice registered the party of Vakarchuk, Lb.ua (May 21, 2019)
  2. ^ (in Ukrainian) The diary of the parliamentary elections-2019 (May 16 - June 18, 2019), GolosZmin (18 June 2019)
  3. ^ (in Ukrainian) Party Program (May 30 - June 10, 2019) (accessed 11 June 2019)
  4. ^ (in Ukrainian) (May 30 - June 10, 2019), Golos Party (11 June 2019)
  5. ^ (in Ukrainian) (May 30 - June 10, 2019), Golos Party (2 July 2019)
  6. ^ (in Ukrainian) (May 30 - June 10, 2019), Golos Party (11 June 2019)
  7. ^ (in Ukrainian) (May 16, 2019), Golos Party (13 July 2019)
  8. ^ Vakarchuk elected Holos Party head to replace Yulia Klymenko, Interfax-Ukraine (24 July 2019)
  9. ^ Вакарчук заявив про створення партії і похід у Раду. pravda.com.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  10. ^ (in Ukrainian) The Ministry of Justice registered the party of Vakarchuk, Lb.ua (May 21, 2019)
  11. ^ For His Next Act, a Ukrainian Rock Star Looks to Politics, The New York Times (14 September 2018)
  12. ^ "Моніторинг електоральних настроїв українців (16-21 травня 2019)". ratinggroup.ua. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  13. ^ Вакарчук: У списку нової партії не буде діючих депутатів [Vakarchuk: There will be no acting deputies in the list of new party] (in Ukrainian). Ukrayinska Pravda. 19 May 2019. Archived from the original on 19 May 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  14. ^ «Голос» країни. Кого Вакарчук взяв у свою команду (досьє). glavcom.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  15. ^ Goloszmin. "Партія "Голос" відкрила імена кандидатів, з якими йде на вибори". goloszmin.org (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  16. ^ Голос Змін (2019-06-08), НАЖИВО: з'їзд партії "Голос", retrieved 2019-06-16
  17. ^ “Голос” відкликав двох кандидатів у депутати. Українська правда (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  18. ^ (in Ukrainian) The new Council has increased the number of women deputies, Ukrayinska Pravda (23 July 2019)
  19. ^ "Святослав Вакарчук презентував нову партію "Голос": основні цілі та політична програма" [Svyatoslav Vakarchuk presented the new party "Voice": main goals and political program] (in Ukrainian). The direct channel. 16 May 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Голос змін: Політична програма партії "Голос"" [Voice of Changes: The political program of the party "Voice"] (PDF) (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 16 June 2019. Держава для людини, а не громадянин для чиновника (p.11)
  21. ^ Lesya Vyhovsky (15 June 2019). "Як топ-5 найрейтинговіших партій обіцяють змінити ситуацію в Україні" [How top 5 most rated parties promise to change the situation in Ukraine] (in Ukrainian). TV channel 24. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  22. ^ Electoral dead-end for Rada, UNIAN (29 September 2016)
    "Parliament passes law on parliamentary elections". Kyiv Post. Interfax-Ukraine. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
    "Ukraine: The Law on Election of the People's Deputies (Unofficial translation by IFES), 2011" (PDF). 17 November 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
    The Distorted Will of the People, The Ukrainian Week (5 November 2012)
  23. ^ Вакарчук: “Голос” зробить усе, щоб мажоритарка зникла назавжди. Українська правда (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  24. ^ Volodymyr Yavorsky (10 July 2019). "Аналіз виборчих програм через призму прав людини: партія «Голос»" [Analysis of electoral programs through the prism of human rights: the Party "Voice"] (in Ukrainian). Humanrights. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  25. ^ Dmytro Yablonovsky (18 July 2019). "Що пропонує Голос. Економічні орієнтири партії Вакарчука" [What does the Voice offer? Economic Landmarks of the Vakarchuk Party] (in Ukrainian). NV business. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  26. ^ "Ukrainian singer Vakarchuk presents his party Golos". 112.international. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  27. ^ https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/ukrainian-singer-vakarchuk-presents-his-party-golos-39761.html
  28. ^ https://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2019/05/27/7216310/
  29. ^ https://m.glavcom.ua/news/shoumen-pritula-ide-v-politiku-po-spiskah-partiji-vakarchuka-600342.html
  30. ^ "Ukrainian singer Vakarchuk presents his party Golos". 112.international. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  31. ^ https://112.ua/politika/kombrigami-stanovyatsya-lyudi-kotorye-ranee-voevali-spiker-duk-pravyy-sektor-195974.html
  32. ^ "Ukrainian singer Vakarchuk presents his party Golos". 112.international. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  33. ^ "Cabinet Dismisses Deputy Health Minister Stefanyshyna, Who Decides To Run For Rada From Holos". ukranews_com. 2019-06-12. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  34. ^ "До партії Вакарчука приєднались правозахисниця та громадська активістка". 1NEWS.COM.UA (in Ukrainian). 2019-06-07. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  35. ^ "До партії Вакарчука приєднались правозахисниця та громадська активістка". 1NEWS.COM.UA (in Ukrainian). 2019-06-07. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  36. ^ "Ukrainian singer Vakarchuk presents his party Golos". 112.international. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  37. ^ https://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2019/05/27/7216310/

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