Batkivschyna to appeal against court ruling not to include Tymoshenko, Lutsenko on election ballot

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Sept. 3, 2012, 7:33 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko take part in a rally outside Ukraine's High Specialized Court on Civil and Criminal Cases in Kyiv, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Ukraine's highest court on Wednesday upheld the guilty verdict against the country's ex-prime minister, who is in jail on abuse of office charges. The poster with Tymosneko reads: "innocent".
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The Batkivschyna Party will lodge an appeal with the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine against a ruling of Kyiv's Administrative Court of Appeal not to include the names of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko on the ballots for voting on party lists at the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

"When it comes to Tymoshenko and Lutsenko, they have been refused registration, but they remained on the list of the political party. So technically they should have been included on the ballot," lawyer Tamara Mazur, who represents the interests of the Batkivschyna Party, said on Monday after a meeting of Kyiv's Administrative Court of Appeal.

According to her, while passing this ruling, "the judges disregarded paragraph 4 of Article 80 of the electoral law, which clearly indicates that the ballot should include the first five [candidates] approved by the political party's congress."

According to Mazur such actions of the court prevented the due consideration of the complaint.

The Batkivschyna Party says it intends to appeal to the Higher Administrative Court within two days.

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Harry Yellando Sept. 3, 2012, 8:44 p.m.    

waste of time you stupid opposition....YANKO has told them what to do !!!!!
no court can do anything different....YANKO fears Julia like a plaque....she do more harm than he can stand.....HA ! HA ! HA !..

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Sept. 4, 2012, 2:53 a.m.    

Ukrine constitution only prevents a candidate who has been convicted of committing an "intentional crime" from being elected to office. It does not prevented them from nominating. There are also options for a candidate to be excused by a ruling of the court but there is no clear guideline as to what grounds exemption can be granted. Tymoshenko and Lutsenko both still have the right of appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. They should be able to remain on the ballot paper but may not be entitled to assume office pending the outcome of their judicial review.

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 4, 2012, 5:16 p.m.    

Yanukovich = Tymoshenko both have been XXXed their own country. I still do not see any political & business leadership in our country that simply LOVES Ukraine and its people.

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