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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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bernardh Aug. 4, 2012, 1:09 p.m.    

Ha, ha, as everyone knows, twice convicted for assault and robbery, it did not prevent Yanukovych from running in elections.

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cedrik Aug. 4, 2012, 3:47 p.m.    

Bernard...got a link besides 'everyone knows'? Besides Wikpedia, which 'everyone knows' is false.

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carl Aug. 4, 2012, 7:13 p.m.    

By placing tymoshenko an lutsenko on the lists the opposition highlights they are not real political parties. Does anyone think for a moment that western parties would select candidates who may not be able to take their seats.

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cedrik Aug. 4, 2012, 7:26 p.m.    

I agree, Carl. More foolishness from the loyal opposition. Pity, too, in that they are wasting what little credibility they have with purely grandstand tactics. They will fail and they know it, that's why they are grasping at straws.

They have no real platform beyond 'get rid of the current government and elect us'. Unfortunately for them, most the Ukrainians we know want no part of the previous government, Orange type. Once burned twice shy.

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carl Aug. 4, 2012, 7:31 p.m.    

Cedrik, can Regions whole together next year after state property sales are completed? Next year budget pressure to abolish subsidies will be great,so is this election the high water mark for Regions.

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cedrik Aug. 4, 2012, 11:33 p.m.    

Carl, this coming election is indeed probably the high water mark of POR. While they have done many bad things, they have also done many good things. Are they perfect? Far from it. However, most Ukrainians want peace and stability and will vote for POR if for no other reasons than those.
Combine the wish for peace and stability with the abysmal turnouts for the loyal opposition's various demonstrations and actions, and you see the true feelings in Ukraine. The 'action' in front of Ukraine House for instance had maximum about 150 participants, most patently obviously paid supporters. They left rapidly when the general populace did not come out in vast numbers to support them.
Reality is reality. The opposition is a spent force. I'm sure that in the next 2 to 4 years younger politicians will become experienced and ready to take up the mantle of government and move Ukraine forward. Until then, in actuality life is not too bad here for most.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 8, 2012, 3:15 a.m.    

The Central Election Commission is composed of quotas from the percentage of Party representation in the Verkhovna Rada. Therefore, the Party of Regions dominates the CEC. Mykhailo Okhendovsky for his part is from the quota from the Party of Regions. As such it would be utterly ridiculous to expect him to be neutral in any area where there is any possibility of conflict with the interests of the POR. This most certainly includes any matter dealing with political prisoners currently held in custody compliments of the Party of Reprobates (aka Regions). Until such time that the CEC can be organized into a politically neutral body of officials unhindered by any Party or Government influence it will remain as a biased farce.

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