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Election official: Parliamentary poll should be held in March 2011

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Oct. 13, 2010, 11:15 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The next parliamentary elections, according to the current Constitution of Ukraine, should be held in March 2011, Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Zhanna Usenko-Chorna has said. "The constitution absolutely clearly indicates when the next [parliamentary] elections should be held - this is the last Sunday of March 2011," she said on Channel 5 on Tuesday evening.

Usenko-Chorna also noted that the CEC should announce the start of the electoral process for the next parliamentary elections 125 days before the elections, i.e. in November 2010.

"Article 16 of the Ukrainian law on the election of people's deputies clearly says that the Central Election Commission announces the start of the electoral process for the next election of people's deputies 125 days [before the elections]," she said.

Usenko-Chorna also recalled that the CEC should take measures regarding proper funding for the elections.

"It's clear that amendments could be introduced to the constitution, but the Central Election Commission should currently plan its activities so as to ensure proper preparations for and the holding of the elections in March 2011," she said.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on October 8, 2010 requested the Constitutional Court to make its conclusion on a bill of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine concerning the regular elections of the president, members of the Verkhovna Rada, the Supreme Council of Crimea, regional, district, city, village and town councils and heads of village, town and city administrations.

The bill proposes indicating in Article 77 of the constitution that regular elections to the Verkhovna Rada should be held on the last Sunday of October of the fifth year of the parliament's term and to determine in part 1, Article 76 of the constitution the five-year term of powers of the parliament.

Besides, it is proposed that part 5, Article 103 of the constitution should determine the last Sunday of March of the fifth year of the presidential tenure as the date of the regular presidential elections.
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Anonymous Oct. 13, 2010, 3:37 p.m.    

I agree. The parliament has two choices.

1. It renacts the 2004 amendments which were rejected by the constitutional court not on its content but due to a technical error or omission.

2. it should freshe Palriamatary elections under the provisions of the 1996 Constitution.

The President should also face fresh elections and renew his mandate as he was not elected pursuant to the 1996 constitution and as such no longer has legitimate claim to a mandate to remain President

Somehow I think either option will be adopted. The current parliament will want to expand its shelf life as long as it can. Lytvyn in particular will be the biggest loser if elections are held in March. Our Ukraine the second .

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Anonymous Oct. 13, 2010, 3:42 p.m.    

All amendments to Ukraine's Constitution require the support of 300 or more members of parliament.

If they can amend the constitution to extend their term of office then they should also amend it to reenact the amendments of 2004. Any additional changes should be via a proper constitutional review.

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Anonymous Oct. 13, 2010, 8:39 p.m.    

POR would crush the opposition OU-PSD,BYuT plus ruling coalition partners Lytvyn bloc,communists have everything to lose and nothing to gain by a march election.

Be careful what you ask for you may get it.

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Anonymous Oct. 14, 2010, 7:21 p.m.    

If they're going with the 1996 constitution, so will the date when the next presidential election will take place. The current president might be shorted one year.

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Anonymous Oct. 14, 2010, 7:25 p.m.    

The President also had 5 years under the 1996 Constitution.

It's better to shut up and let people think you are a dumb hispanic then to open your mouth and demonstrate the fact.

Ukraine's Constitution 1996

Article 103. The President of Ukraine is elected by the citizens of Ukraine for a five-year term, on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage, by secret ballot.

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