The Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on the All-Ukrainian referendum in the second reading, reports TASS.
It is reported that the initiative was supported by 255 deputies.
The author of the initiative was the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. On June 18, 2020, the Rada adopted the bill “On Democracy by the People through the All-Ukrainian Referendum” in the first reading, but by the second reading the name of the document was changed to the Law “On the All-Ukrainian Referendum”.
The draft defines four types of an all-Ukrainian referendum: to amend the Constitution of Ukraine, to resolve issues of national importance, to change the country’s territory, as well as the loss of the force of the law or its individual provisions.
It is emphasized that only one issue can be submitted to a referendum. At the same time, it is prohibited to raise issues aimed at eliminating the independence of Ukraine, violating state sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as creating a threat to national security, inciting interethnic, racial and religious enmity, issues of taxes, budget, amnesty and those that are under the jurisdiction of law enforcement agencies, prosecutors or courts.
In addition, it is noted that an all-Ukrainian referendum can be announced by a corresponding presidential decree at the request of at least 3 million citizens who have the right to vote.