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Central Election Commission registers Hromada party ticket without Lazarenko

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Aug. 15, 2012, 1:52 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Central Election Commission has registered the party ticket of the Hromada Party, but refused to register former Ukrainian Premier Pavlo Lazarenko as a parliamentary candidate.
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The Central Election Commission (CEC) has registered the party ticket of the Hromada Party, but refused to register former Ukrainian Premier Pavlo Lazarenko as a parliamentary candidate.

At a sitting on Friday the CEC registered the party ticket including 42 candidates, in particular the ex-premier's brother Ivan Lazarenko.

The CEC also registered four candidates for majority constituencies from the Hromada Party.

As reported, on August 5 the congress of the Hromada Party approved the list of its candidates for people's deputies. Pavlo Lazarenko and his brother Ivan, a deputy of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, headed the list.

As reported, Lazarenko was convicted in the United States of embezzling funds illegally received and transferring them to foreign accounts in 1994-1999. A Californian court sentenced Lazarenko to nine years in prison in August 2006. He remained in his apartment in San Francisco under house arrest pending the consideration of the appeal against his conviction.

Lazarenko was Ukraine's prime minister from June 1996 to June 1997.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 15, 2012, 4:27 p.m.    

The single member constituencies are not majority constituencies. the irst-past-the-post votings system is the highest vote wins all. A candidate does not have to secure a majority of votes. They can be elected with as few as 30% support. The FPTP opting system is outdated and undemocratic.

Itis unlikely that the opposition paries will win a majority do seats in the new parliament (226) even if they do it will be a slender victory and short lived
parliament. Uner the rules the zpresidet holds all the trump cards and power. It is the president not e larliamnetthat forms government.

If the ongoing power struggle and divisions continues than the president will dismiss the parliament within one year.

Ukraine will NEVER be a free independent moderation state whilst Ukraine remains beholden to presidential rule. the opposition have failed to unite and address this fundamental issue. The need for Ukraine to become a full Parliamentray democray is the key to Ukraine's future and it's integration into Europe.

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