October 25, 2020 is a historic date for Ukraine, as local elections are held on a new administrative-territorial basis. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal after voting in Lviv.
"The Government has changed the outdated division into districts, which was adopted in the first half of last century. But it transferred more power to the communities, forming almost 1,500 consolidated territorial communities. For the first time in the history of independent Ukraine, people on the ground will manage the funds independently and decide where to spend the resource. This is a key element of the decentralization reform. The importance of today's elections for the future of our country is difficult to overestimate, because we are, in fact, consolidating the success of the main stage of reform," said the Prime Minister.
As Denys Shmyhal emphasized, administrative-territorial reform is one of the most important and successful reforms: "It is most understandable to people, so it has high support among Ukrainians. Local elections under the new administrative-territorial system allow Ukraine to move forward: to develop infrastructure, improve public services, make the country more comfortable for the people. This is a truly historic event," said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister also noted that local authorities have never had as much power as they will have after this election. "From now on, communities will have their own land and their own full-fledged budgets. More than 2 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred to local communities. And next year the budget of local communities will amount to over UAH 500 billion. Along with the fullness of power, with the management of land, finances, all the fullness of responsibility is passed to them. The authorities have become very close to the community, and people will be able to draw conclusions," he added.
Besides, the Prime Minister reminded that security is the most important thing during the elections. Therefore, he called on Ukrainians to adhere to anti-epidemic measures at polling stations.
"Take your pen with you and leave the children at home. Follow the social distance, wear a mask and use antiseptic before and after visiting the station. Show your passport to the members of the commissions, avoid handing it over to others," said Denys Shmyhal.