"There is currently no legally perfect date for the holding of Kyiv mayor elections and Kyiv City Council elections. The issue has entirely moved to the plane of political expediency. Only the Parliament can resolve it," member of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Mykhailo Okhendovsky said in interview.

The CEC member reminded that the current city council and the former mayor were elected during special election in May 2008. According to the provisions of the then Constitution, the deputies of the city council were elected for the term of five years, the mayor - for four years. That is, the term of office for members of city council was to expire in 2013, for the mayor - in 2012.

However, in 2010, the provisions of the Constitution of 1996 were restored. The term of office for the deputies and mayors became four years. In February 2011, the Constitution was amended, and the term of office of deputies and mayors, elected at the next election, became five years.

“Since the powers of Kyiv mayor were terminated in 2012, the next mayoral election should obviously be extraordinary,” he noted.

"If the city council works during the entire term envisaged by the constitution, the next election of deputies will be regular. What does this mean? This means that in the next election the deputies of Kyiv City Council will be elected for five years and the mayor only until the next regular national local elections," Okhendovsky explained.

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