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Expert: Verkhovna Rada may just keep on working if opposition drops mandates

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Nov. 5, 2012, 11:34 a.m. |

Oppoistion parties are considering rejecting their seats in Ukraine's parliament, after the elections on 28 October.
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Ukraine will find itself in a political impasse if the opposition really drops Verkhovna Rada mandates, Oleksandr Chernenko, chairman of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine told Interfax-Ukraine on 4 November.

 

"If that really happens, there will be a new legal deadlock, and I do not know how the problem may be solved because the current Verkhovna Rada may keep on working without holding a new election," he said.

Chernenko said that the opposition might keep its word. "We can see that the count of votes is dragging out in a number of districts, which goes beyond common sense and nullifies election gains of the opposition in the political rather than quantitative respect," he said.

"The weeklong delay in certain districts supplies the opposition with trump cards and enables it to claim vote rigging, although votes have been counted normally in 90% of districts. This is not the question of the opposition's winning additional five or ten mandates; this is the question of a strong moral victory of the opposition over the authorities, which are unable to count votes quickly," he said.

"I think this is the cause of the opposition initiative - to nullify the election outcome and to hold a new election - because the opposition is winning a psychological victory," Chernenko said.

"I do not know if that is realistic: there is a statement of the leaders but there are also candidates elected in single-member constituencies and on party tickets, among them opposition candidates, and they have invested millions of dollars in their victory. Will they agree to do that? Yet the scenario looks rather realistic," he said.

If the new Verkhovna Rada fails to form a constitutional majority - 300 votes - and to convene for its session, there will be a new breakdown - the current Verkhovna Rada controlled by the pro-governmental party will have to schedule a new election.

"A decision will be political rather than legal: on one hand, the process may be endless, and, on the other hand, I expect appeals to the Constitutional Court and other measures. Actually, there will be no simple solution. I think various collisions are possible if the opposition takes some steps instead of just making declarations," he said.

Batkivschyna co-leader, No3 party candidate Anatoliy Hrytsenko said on Sunday the Batkivschyna party should hold a congress and reject seats at the Verkhovna Rada over vote rigging.

The UDAR Party of Vitali Klitschko is also considering the possible congress, which will drop Verkhovna Rada mandates and deny recognition to the parliamentary election. "The UDAR party is considering the possibility to hold a party congress, to abandon mandates won by candidates running in single-member constituencies and party ticket, and to deny recognition to the parliamentary election," party campaign staff head Vitaliy Kovalchuk said on Sunday.

The all-Ukrainian Union Svoboda is prepared not to take the seats it has won in the Verkhovna Rada but it has not received official proposals to the effect from opposition partners and is studying possible legal consequences of this step. "The question is how serious our allies are and how much the decision is coordinated by partners: we have one party, and the united opposition has several. Could it be so that some drop their mandates while candidates running in single-member constituencies stay in the parliament?" Svoboda spokesman, parliamentary candidate Yuriy Syrotiuk said.

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