Ukrainian Parliament pronounces Russian presidential election in Crimea unlawful

Source : 112 Ukraine

The statement issued by the Parliament claims that counting the votes of the inhabitants of the annexed Crimea skews the results of the voting and raises questions about its legitimacy.
16:04, 22 March 2018

Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

The Parliament of Ukraine has pronounced the holding of the Russian presidential election in the annexed Crimea unlawful. The bill #8168-1 was supported by 255 MPs. The parliamentary session was broadcast live by the official Rada channel.

The Parliament of Ukraine has endorsed a statement related to the Russian presidential election in the temporarily occupied Crimea. The Speaker of the Parliament has been authorized to bring the statement to the knowledge of parliaments of other states and parliamentary assemblies of international organizations.

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The Parliament of Ukraine claims that the holding of the Russian presidential election by the Russian administration in the temporarily occupied Crimea was unlawful. This cannot be used as grounds for changing the status of Crimea to any other than that described in the Ukrainian constitution.

“Significant violations of citizens’ electoral rights during the electoral campaign in Russia, the creation of uneven conditions for all candidates and the absence of a genuine choice, mentioned in the preliminary report by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE, as well as the illegal counting of over 1 million votes from the temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol considerably twist the outcome of the voting at the Russian election”, - the statement reads.

Also, the Parliament called on the international community to introduce additional sanctions on Russia, particularly personal sanctions against individuals involved in the organization of the election in Crimea.

Related: We cannot tell other countries how to hold elections, - White House

The decree is to become effective on the day it is adopted.

The degree represents the common ground of the Parliament. There were a few decrees regarding the holding of the Russian presidential election in Crimea that was registered by the Parliament. In particular, the head of the Narodny Front parliamentary faction Maksym Burbak and another member of the faction Heorhiy Lohvinsky suggested considering the Russian presidential election illegitimate due to the voting in the annexed Crimea.

The Russian presidential election took place on 18 March, on the fourth anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea. Vladimir Putin was elected president, having received 56.2 million votes, or 76.66% after 99% of the ballots have been counted.

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