On August 10 and 11, 2007, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative held a seminar on electoral law in Kyiv. During the event, twenty representatives of ABA ROLI’s partner organizations from throughout Ukraine were trained in preparation for the upcoming early Parliamentary Election scheduled for the end of September 2007. The participants studied a variety of election-related subjects and acquired skills necessary for rendering high-quality pro bono consultations to voters and electoral commission staff. Among topics covered were the rights and duties of subjects of electoral law, appeals at different stages of the electoral process and potential issues for litigation. The training was conducted to increase ABA ROLI’s advocacy and legal clinical partners’ capacity to provide high-quality legal aid services during Ukraine’s election process.
The training was conducted in partnership with Development Associates, Inc.’s “Strengthening Electoral Administration in Ukraine” Project, which contributed two trainers, Volodymyr Kovtunets’ and Yevhen Zherebets’ky, and the training materials. The trainers used interactive and participatory teaching approaches and held entry and final tests. The tests indicated substantially improved knowledge and skills in the subject. Andriy Vovk and Iryna Senyuta, the two participants who achieved the best scores on the final test, received compilations of elections-related court decisions as prizes from the trainers.