11:57 21.03.2013

CIS-EMO mission says parliamentary elections in Ukraine legally incomplete

Kyiv, March 21 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The CIS-EMO International Election Monitoring Organization has expressed concern about the fact that the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has not selected a date for repeated parliamentary elections in five constituencies where conflicts occurred during the 2012 parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

"CIS-EMO is the only international observation mission that has not published its final report on the 2012 parliamentary elections. We are doing this consciously, as we think that these elections are incomplete from the viewpoint of the legislation – there are five constituencies where people's deputies haven't been elected yet due to abuses and infringements on democratic standards and the Ukrainian legislation," CIS-EMO Deputy Director Oleg Vernik said at a press conference hosted by Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.

"Our mission has made a public statement that we are still monitoring these five constituencies and only when this process is over we will be able to finish and finally close our mission for the 2012 parliamentary elections," he said.

Vernik stressed that the CIS-EMO mission continues to monitor the situation in the abovementioned five constituencies.

"Frankly speaking, we are really concerned about the situation with the Ukrainian parliament dealing very slowly with the elections-related problem in these constituencies, as well as with scheduling of the elections. They constantly put aside the issue, and that's why we cannot consider the elections completed," he said.

As reported, in the parliamentary elections on October 28, 2012, the Central Election Commission recognized the impossibility of establishing the election results in five single-seat districts – Nos. 94 (Obukhiv, Kyiv region), 132 (Pervomaisk, Mykolaiv region), 194 and 197 (Cherkasy region) and 223 (Kyiv, Shevchenkivsky district).

Ukraine's law on parliamentary elections does not foresee the possibility of the non-recognition of election results in single-seat constituencies. Due to this fact the CEC refused to schedule repeated elections in these five constituencies until the problem is regulated legally.

On December 29, 2012, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine received a query from 54 MPs regarding the official interpretation of a number of provisions of the law on election of people's deputies of Ukraine concerning the procedures for appointing rerun elections.

The parliamentary majority refuses to consider the appointment of repeated elections in the constituencies before the court issues its ruling on the issue.

The Constitutional Court has not opened a case on the issue.

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