A U.S. Senate resolution on Ukraine calling for releasing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will not affect the parliamentary election campaign, Ukrainian Central elections Commission (CEC) members Mykhailo Okhendovsky said.
“I absolutely do not want to and will not comment on any political
decisions, be it those made in Ukraine or those made outside our
country, which cannot have any effect on the electoral process in our
country by definition,” Okhendovsky said on Channel 5 on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Tymoshenko cannot be registered as a candidate in the upcoming
parliamentary elections, as the deadline for registering candidates has
already expired, he said.
“The CEC has absolutely no reasons to register any individual as a
parliamentary candidate today, no matter what this individual’s name is.
Therefore, I can guarantee 100% that there will be no new candidate in
these elections. This would have been absolutely unlawful and arbitrary
on the CEC’s part,” Okhendovsky said.
It was reported earlier that the U.S. Senate had adopted a resolution
calling for freeing Tymoshenko from prison and denying entry to
Ukrainian officials responsible for Tymoshenko’s imprisonment and
Kyiv’s Pechersky District Court on October 11, 2011 sentenced
Tymoshenko to 7 years in prison for abuse of office in signing gas
supply contracts with Russia in 2009. Tymoshenko has been serving her
prison term at a penitentiary in Kharkiv since December 2011. At the
present time, she is undergoing medical treatment at a Kharkiv-based
Parliamentary elections in Ukraine are scheduled for October 28.