The Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine has upheld a ruling of Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeals not to include the names of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko on the ballots for voting on party lists at the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine.
The court made this decision on Thursday, thus dismissing an appeal
by the Batkivschyna Party against the ruling of Kyiv Administrative
Court of Appeal.
As reported, the Batkivschyna Party asked an appeals court to oblige
the Central Election Commission (CEC) to add the names of Tymoshenko and
Lutsenko to the united opposition’s party ticket in the ballot papers
for the upcoming parliamentary elections. The text of the appeal reads
that, according to the Ukrainian legislation, ballot papers should
include the names of the top five candidates on the party ticket. The
CEC refused to register Tymoshenko and Lutsenko as parliamentary
candidates, while, according to the plaintiff, “refusal to register [a
candidate] is not a reason for his or her expulsion from the list.”
Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeal, however, rejected the Batkivschyna Party’s appeal.