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Central Election Committee refuses to register Donbas conflict veteran as presidential candidate

The planks in Taras Kostanchuk’s program “violate the Constitution of Ukraine”, the CEC ruled
21:19, 4 February 2019

Taras Kostanchuk
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The Central Election Committee refused to register as a presidential candidate the ex-fighter of the Donbas volunteer battalion Taras Kostanchuk. The press-service of the Central Election Committee of Ukraine reports this.

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According to the report, the reason for refusal is the planks in Kostanchuk’s program, which “violate the Constitution of Ukraine” and suggest professional discrimination, propagate violence and encroach on the rights and freedoms established by the Constitution of Ukraine".

In particular, the program suggests a death penalty for civil servants for corruption, betrayal, and theft of state property, as well as the abolition of the presumption of innocence for civil servants.

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'Under such conditions, the Committee refused to register Kostanchuk as a presidential candidate in the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine', the report said.

As we reported earlier, the Central Election Committee of Ukraine has completed the procedure of registration of presidential candidates who will be running for the office on March 31.

89 people expressed the will to run for the presidency. 28 candidates were registered; the applications of another 22 were turned down.

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