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 Coalition has not been able to agree on holding of elections in Mariupol, - MP Kononenko

The coalition factions have not yet agreed on the draft law on elections in Mariupol, Donetsk region.

This was stated by First Deputy Chairman of the Petro Poroshenko Block faction Ihor Kononenko after a meeting of the coalition council in Kyiv on Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax.

"The coalition has not reached agreement on the bill, which was proposed by our faction. There are no other proposals that would be consistent with the Constitution as well," Ihor Kononenko told reporters.

The MP has reminded the position of the Petro Poroshenko Block faction, according to which the local elections in Mariupol must be held as soon as possible.

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"This position is supported by the People's Front faction. Unfortunately, the Batkivshchyna and Samopomich factions have different position, according to which it is necessary to hold new elections," Ihor Kononenko said.

He stressed that the position of the Batkivshchyna and Samopomich factions was contrary to the Constitution of Ukraine and was "not legally agreed upon".

"We continue talks with our colleagues in the coalition since we believe that it is a political issue and it should be agreed by all members of the coalition and voted by the coalition in the first place," the MP said.

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It was reported that 235 ballot stations in the Donetsk region - 205 in Mariupol and 30 in Krasnoarmiisk, did not open last Sunday due to errors in the ballots and the refusal of their registration by the territorial election commissions.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged the Verkhovna Rada to schedule a new date for elections in Mariupol as soon as possible in order to hold them until the end of the year. "The Parliament must adopt changes to the legislation at the next meeting that will make it possible to hold the elections in Mariupol in the near future after all," he said.

 
 
 
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