: Venice Commission on Ukraine's 'party dictatorship' law: contrary to int'l standards

10:12 Jun. 14, 2016

Venice Commission on Ukraine's 'party dictatorship' law: contrary to int'l standards

Ukraine's Parliament (UNIAN photo)

Law applicable to the lists of candidates nominated by parties that participated in the October 26, 2014 elections  

The European Commission for Democracy through Law (The Venice Commission) published on Monday, June 13, its conclusion on the Ukrainian law on elections regarding the exclusion of candidates from party lists, stating that such practice is contrary to the international standards, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels.

"In conformity with its previous comments on Article 81 of the Constitution, the Venice Commission considers as contrary to international standards the empowerment of political parties ex post facto to deny the electorate its choice and choose who to place on its party list in a position to be elected," reads the conclusion

Therefore, the Venice Commission considers that "the power of political parties to remove from their lists, after an election has taken place, candidates who at the time were "deemed unelected" but retain a potential to be elected, should be removed in the light of European standards." 

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On February 16, Ukraine's Parliament adopted bill No.3700 signed into law by President Poroshenko February 25. Under the law, a party is allowed to remove any candidate who is considered to be not elected following elections at any time after the elections but before the Central Election Commission recognizes him or her elected.

The law is to be applicable to the lists of candidates nominated by the parties that participated in the October 26, 2014 election.

Reporting by UNIAN

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