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Central Election Commission registers blogger Shariy at snap parliamentary elections

Shariy and his wife reported earlier on mass media that they have not been living in Ukraine since 2011 due to “the political persecutions”
16:20, 2 July 2019

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The Central Election Commission registered video blogger Anatoliy Shariy as a candidate for MPs of the Verkhovna Rada.

10 members of the commission voted for, one voted against and another five abstained.

The Central Election Commission registered Shariy in the state election district #1 in “Shariy Party.”

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The regulation is adopted to execute the decision of the Supreme Court, which refused to recognize the fact of non-residence of the candidate in Ukraine during the last five years.

At the same time, some members of the Central Election Commission were outraged by this decision and called it absurd.

They noted that Shariy and his wife reported earlier on mass media that they have not been living in Ukraine since 2011 due to “the political persecutions”.

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On June 24, the commission refused to register Shariy as a candidate for MP.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky officially dissolved the Verkhovna Rada and appointed the snap elections for July 21. The Cabinet of Ministers should provide the financing of the elections.

On June 11, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine has begun the consideration of the case on the parliament’s dissolution.

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On May 24, the electoral process kicked off in Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian legislation, the electoral process of snap elections begins on the next day after the President’s decree on early termination of the mandate of Verkhovna Rada and appointment of the new elections is published. Therefore, the electoral process starts on May 24, without the Central Commission making any decisions.

 

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