Ukraine's Central Election Commission (CEC) has revoked the registration of Oleksandr Kunytsky as a candidate for parliament from the Servant of the People Party in election district No 169. This was reported by Interfax-Ukraine agency.
Press service of the CEC said it received a complaint in election district No. 169 from candidate for parliament Oleh Petrychenko about violations of the election law committed by Kunytsky.
"According to information provided by Ukraine's State Border Service dated June 26, 2019, during the last five days before the snap parliamentary elections of Ukraine on July 21, Kunytsky traveled outside Ukraine for a period exceeding 90 calendar days, namely 264 days, from March 15, 2015 to December 5, 2015," the CEC said.
The CEC rejected Kunytsky's arguments that he was absent in Ukraine due to being on business trips on behalf of 1+1 Production and as a member of the All-Ukrainian Student Brotherhood "Elite of the Nation."
Kunytsky did not provide evidence supporting his employment claims, the CEC said.
As it was reported earlier, the reason for this is the assumed double citizenship, which is against Ukrainian law; the research center claims there is information about Kunytsky holding both Ukrainian and Israeli passports. Another reason for bringing the candidate to the database would be the assumed cooperation with Russian special services.
Previously, the Ukrainian media found out that Kunytsky served in the Israeli army. MP Andriy Denysenko and Assistant Head of the Central Election Committee Oleksandr Ostapa claimed that Kunytsky had both Ukrainian and Israeli citizenship, which the Ukrainian law forbids.
Kunytsky denies owning two passports.