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Central Election Commission: Deputies with previous convictions may not run for elections

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Aug. 3, 2012, 12:30 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Central Election Commission (CEC) will consider the party ticket of the Batkivschyna United Opposition no later than by August 8, according to a member of CEC Mykhailo Okhendovsky.
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The Central Election Commission (CEC) will consider the party ticket of the Batkivschyna United Opposition no later than by August 8, according to a member of CEC Mykhailo Okhendovsky.

He also said that the CEC is most likely to finish accepting the documents of the united opposition to register its candidates for the parliamentary elections by noon on Friday, Aug 3.

Okhendovsky added that the CEC would consider separately every candidate on the party list.

"If the documents that were submitted to register the candidates in people's deputies contain information according to which a person may not run for the elections, of course, we will not register them. But this does not refer to the whole list, I mean only separate candidates," he said.

When asked whether former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko, who are convicted now but were included to the party ticket, could be registered as candidates, Okhendovsky noted that the Constitution of Ukraine does not allow people with previous convictions for conscious crimes who have not served their sentences to run for election.

While commenting on journalists' questions regarding the fact the international organizations stated that the criminal cases against Tymoshenko and Lutsenko were politically motivated and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) could confirm this, Okhendovsky said that there is no such ruling as of today.

"As far as I know, there is no ruling of the European Court of Human Rights regarding the election process. Anyway, the Constitution of Ukraine has the highest power on the territory of the country," he said.

As reported, Tymoshenko lead the party ticket of the Batkivschyna United Opposition and Lutsenko is fifth on it.

Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for abuse of power while signing gas contracts with Russia, while Lutsenko was sentenced to four years for abuse of office.

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