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You're reading: Central Election Commission: Deputies with previous convictions may not run for elections

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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