The CEC completed the registration of candidates for the presidency of Ukraine

The CEC completed the registration of candidates for the presidency of Ukraine

On February 8th the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine finished the registration of the candidates for the presidency of Ukraine who will take part in the next elections scheduled for March 31st. According to the CEC, 44 candidates are running for the presidential post.

"As is known, today this process in Ukraine has ended. We finally processed all persons who submitted applications for participation in the electoral process... As of today 44 candidates were registered. 20 of them are independent candidates. 24 of them are candidates from parties. I.e., it is nearly a 50:50 ratio," noted the head of the CEC Tatiyana Slipachuk.

This figure is not final, since before March 7th any of the registered candidates may refuse to participate in elections (for any reasons, including in favour of another candidate). It should be noted that initially no less than 89 packages of documents were submitted to the CEC.

As the human rights activists of "Uspishna Varta" reported on Facebook earlier, as of February 5th the CEC rejected 22 presidential candidates. In most cases the cause of failure was the wrong submission of documents and the lack of a deposit (2.5 million hryvnia). It is for these reasons, for example, that the candidates Yury Boyarsky, Aleksandr Gokov, Vladimir Vasilenko, Vitaly Velidchenko, Aleksandr Zhamoydo, Dmitry Kasyanenko, Yaroslava Kachanovskaya, and other little-known candidates were rejected.

In addition, 2 refusals due to the non-compliance of the program of the candidate with the legislation of Ukraine, like in the case of the candidates Evgeny Andrukhiv and the “Rozumna Sila” party leader Aleksandr Solovyov, were recorded. However, at the second attempt the CEC nevertheless accepted the documents of the latter.

The CEC also rejected the leader of the Communist Party of Ukraine Petro Simonenko. According to the CEC, the party that nominated Simonenko violates the requirements of the Law of Ukraine "On the Condemnation Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) Totalitarian Regimes in Ukraine And The Prohibition of the Promotion of Their Symbols". Also, in Simonenko's questionnaire there was no information about his residence on the territory of Ukraine within the last 10 years before the election day.

On February 7th the CEC refused to register one more candidate for president - the non-factional People's Deputy Nadezhda Savchenko. According to the CEC, this decision was based on the non-compliance of documents. In particular, Nadezhda Savchenko did not submit documents confirming the deposit payment in the Central Electoral Commission. Also, the CEC specified that the decision of the party to nominate her wasn’t stamped.

At the same time, the CEC registered the candidacy of the notorious former people's deputy from the “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” and former head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Roman Nasirov, as well as the political strategist and independent candidate Vladimir Petrov.

As a reminder, earlier the lawyers of the "Uspishna Varta" human rights platform prepared an explanation for voters concerning the most frequently asked questions about the algorithm of actions for verifying and changing one’s place of voting.

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