Ukrainian Politics

 Elections without Tymoshenko and Lutsenko are a Disgrace for Ukraine, European Parliament Member

The Member of the European Parliament Charles Tannock (European Conservatives and Reformists Group) considers the holding of the parliamentary elections without Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko to be a disgrace for the Ukrainian authorities.

"Personally for me, the Ukrainian parliamentary electionswithout the opposition leaders are a shame. The outcome cannotrepresent a true verdict of popular opinion and this situation willundermine the legitimacy of the elected parliamentarians", CharlesTannock said, commenting on the refusal by the Central ElectionCommission (CEC) to register Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko ascandidates to the Verkhovnaya Rada.

"By convention, the European Parliament (EP) observes elections inOSCE countries in the "troika" formation, i.e. with the OSCE andthe Council of Europe, to produce a joint final report. However,this is a voluntary arrangement, and I will call on the EP ifnecessary to produce a separate report which reflects theundemocratic climate under which these elections are being held,"he added.

In his turn, MEP and Vice President of the European People's PartyJacek Saryusz-Wolski (Poland) added that the CEC's refusal toregister Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko is an extension of thecurrent government's policy to prevent the country's oppositionleaders from participating in political life.

"By refusing the registration of Mrs. Tymoshenko and Mr. Lutsenko,the central electoral committee is in a breach of the Ukrainianconstitution. This text provides for a differentiation between theright of a candidate to be registered and the right to run in theelections: it says a conviction can be a reason to refuse that aperson becomes a member of parliament but it specifies that theconviction can't be a ground to refuse the registration inlegislative elections. The decision of the Central ElectionCommission confirms in that case the intention of the Ukrainianauthorities and President Yanukovych to eliminate politicalopponents and the opposition leaders", explained the MEP.

"It is hard to imagine that this decision will not complicate teEU-Ukrainian relations even further. It will probably become evenharder for Ukrainian authorities to obtain any facilitations inEU-Ukrainian dialogue which in return will hit ordinary citizens ofUkraine. We cannot talk about free and democratic elections whenthe opposition leaders are not allowed to run. The EU and itsMember States, which are also members of the UN and OSCE, willprobably take this argument into account in assessing the electoralprocess. I believe it will become a serious trump card for theEuropean democracies in the process of the assessment of theelections by the OSCE and ODIHR," he added.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n215098