Former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko (L) stands in a caged area inside the courtroom talking with Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (R) in Kyiv on May 23, 2011.
The Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine has upheld a ruling of Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeals 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.
The court made this decision on Thursday, thus dismissing an appeal by the Batkivschyna Party against the ruling of Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeal.
As reported, the Batkivschyna Party asked an appeals court to oblige the Central Election Commission (CEC) to add the names of Tymoshenko and Lutsenko to the united opposition's party ticket in the ballot papers for the upcoming parliamentary elections. The text of the appeal reads that, according to the Ukrainian legislation, ballot papers should include the names of the top five candidates on the party ticket. The CEC refused to register Tymoshenko and Lutsenko as parliamentary candidates, while, according to the plaintiff, "refusal to register [a candidate] is not a reason for his or her expulsion from the list."
Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeal, however, rejected the Batkivschyna Party's appeal.