Zelensky offers Parliament to strip Constitutional Court off their authority, restore law on declaration

Source : 112 Ukraine

The President's draft law is marked as 'urgent', so the Parliament is highly recommended to consider it as soon as possible
08:48, 30 October 2020

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky submitted draft law No.4288 for the Parliament's consideration. The bill offers MPs to deprive the Constitutional Court judges of their authorities and to restore the law on declaration that the Court had canceled. This is mentioned on the Parliament's website; there's also the text of the document and the explainatory note for it.

The draft law on restoration of public trust in constitutional judiciary process was registered in the Parliament on October 29. It is marked as 'urgent', so the Parliament is highly recommended to consider it as soon as possible. The bill aims to provide integrity of constitutional order in Ukraine and to avoid seizure of power by the judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

The draft law offers to:

1) consider the decision of Constitutional Court (canceling the law on declaration) null and void, as it was made in private interests of the judges and was unreasoned; thus, it contravened the principle of supremacy of law and denies the European and Euratlantic choice of the Ukrainian nation;

2) provide continuity of action of norms of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, and the law on prevention of corruption, regardless the decision of the Constitutional Court;

3) cease the authority of the current composition of the Constitutional Court, as it acted in its private interests and against the interest of the people who are the source of power, and the only source of state sovereignty;

4) provide appointment of judges of the Constitutional Court in the order defined by the Constitution and the law about the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

Related: Parliament, President to respond to Constitutional Court's decisions, - Speaker Razumkov

On late Thursday, NAPC (the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption) was ordered to restore access to the declarations register; previously, the Court ordered to close it.

On October 28, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled that the provision about criminal responsibility for untruthful declarations, which caused huge criticism spoken out by law enforcers and control authorities. According to the Court's decision, criminal responsibility for declaration of untruthful information is "excessive" punishment for a citizen.

On October 29, the Court blocked the announcement of results of local elections. It stripped NAPC off the access to state registers, which they use for holding checks of declarations of candidates for leading offices to authoritative bodies.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that draft law about restoration of integrity of the Constitutional Court would be soon registered in the Ukrainian Parliament.

Related: Parliament soon to register draft law on restoring integrity of Constitutional Court, - Zelensky

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