"By the way, we have, objectively, all the prerequisites for the peaceful holding of elections in the united territorial communities, as well as for preparation for the official launch of the presidential elections," the President said at the Forum of Local Self-Government.
The President reminded that the day before yesterday he submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine an urgent draft law of Ukraine "On Making Amendments to Article 28 of the Law of Ukraine "On the Legal Status of Martial Law" to ensure the holding of local elections scheduled for Sunday, December 23, 2018".
The President said that this law is about making an exception and hold the voting in a number of newly formed united territorial communities. But at the same time, he noted that holding of these elections is possible in case of thorough elaboration of this issue with the Central Election Commission, legal bodies, international partners of Ukraine.
"The key point is that the elections should be free and cause people's trust," the President said. The Head of State noted that, according to the latest data, 874 united territorial communities have already been formed in the whole country, 665 of them have received an enlarged structure of revenues and switched to direct interbudgetary relations with the state budget.