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Regions Party to register candidates for parliamentary elections in Central Election Commission

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Aug. 3, 2012, 12:08 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Kliuyev
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The Regions Party has submitted to the Central Election Commission (CEC) documents to register candidates for people's deputies of Ukraine.

Some 200 supporters of the party gathered in front of the entrance of the Central Election Commission. They wore T-shirts and caps with the symbols of the Regions Party on them, and brought the party's flags to the rally.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Kliuyev, who heads the party's election headquarters, submitted the documents.

"Today our united good company is the first to come to submit the documents [to register] our candidates for people's deputies from the Regions Party. We thoroughly selected our candidates for people's deputies," he said at a briefing near the CEC.

Kliuyev showed journalists one of the boxes with the documents to register the top five of the party ticket, which includes his own candidacy.

He said that during the year the Regions Party examined the situation in every region and listened to the opinions of the public, following which the party drew up a list of candidates in majority constituencies that are popular in this or that region.

According to Kliuyev, experienced people that could implement the president's reform program were put on the party ticket.

"We have people that are ready to implement the party's program and the president's program. I think that we have to win this election campaign, as we must complete the implementation of the reforms initiated by the president," he said.

When asked why the Ukrainian premier's son, Oleksiy Azarov, will run in a majority constituency, Kliuyev said that he was respected in the constituency.

Kliuyev also explained why candidates from the People's Party were included to the party ticket of the Regions Party. He said that the Regions Party and the People's Party concluded agreements when they were forming the current coalition in the parliament.

"We had a preliminary agreement that we would run in the elections together. We proposed our colleagues, our partners, to include five members of the People's Party to our lists. These were agreements within the coalition and we fulfilled them," Kliuyev said.

When asked why the head of the presidential administration, Serhiy Liovochkin, was not included to the party list, Kliuyev said, "Because he works at the presidential administration."

The parliamentary elections will be held in Ukraine on October 28, 2012.

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