15:03 07.11.2012

Repeat elections in troubled constituencies unlikely to be held before March 2013, says CEC deputy head

The repeat voting in the Verkhovna Rada elections in a number of constituencies could be held no earlier than in March 2013, Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission Andriy Mahera told journalists on Wednesday.

"I think this is unlikely to take place before March, as there are certain objective preconditions [for this]," Mahera told reporters on Wednesday.

Mahera said he believes that the issue of repeat elections should be settled legislatively. According to him, the parliament of the next convocation should settle this matter. He did not rule out that the CEC will apply to the parliament again with a request to resolve this problem, but only after the new parliament starts working.

As reported, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine adopted a resolution on November 5 recognizing the impossibility of announcing parliament election results in five single-seat constituencies – Nos. 94, 132, 194, 197 and 223.

In addition, the commission recognized the need to hold repeat elections in these constituencies and asked parliament to take a decision on holding repeat elections in these constituencies.

On November 6, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution that proposes to recommend that the Central Election Commission (CEC) schedule repeat elections in 5 troubled constituencies, Nos. 94, 132, 194, 197, and 223. According to the order, CEC must determine the volume of spending required to hold the repeat elections. The parliament recommends that the Cabinet of Ministers take measures to finance the repeat elections.

As reported, elections in Ukraine took place on October 28. Now CEC received 99.95% of the protocols in electronic form for the vote under party lists, and 99.62% for single-member constituencies.

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