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Law provides that presidential candidate has to speak Ukrainian, - CEC

The Central Election Commission noted that the candidates submitted documents for their registration for presidential elections were in Ukrainian, and the commission took this into account
17:18, 5 April 2019

CEC Deputy Head Yevhen Radchenko
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The Law of Ukraine “On Election of the President” does not stipulate that candidates for the post of the president must have a good proficiency of Ukrainian language; it indicates as a necessary requirement for them to speak the state language. The Deputy Head of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine Yevhen Radchenko said during the briefing, as Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“The law does not stipulate that the candidate “speaks well” Ukrainian. The constitution provides for compulsory proficiency (in Ukrainian, - 112.international),” Radchenko explained.

He stressed that no law provides for any exams or other procedures to determine if the candidate has a “proper” or “good” state language proficiency.

Radchenko also noted that the candidates submitted documents for their registration for presidential elections were in Ukrainian, and the commission took this into account.

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As it was reported earlier, the CEC called the debates planned at Olympic National Sports Complex (Olympic Stadium) a form of the election campaigning.

On April 3, Zelensky replied to the invitation for debates and put forward his own conditions. He wanted to hold debates at Olympic Stadium. Poroshenko’s team said “the President does not perform at stadiums”. A few hours later Poroshenko agreed to participate in the debates.

During the presidential campaign in 2014, Poroshenko himself refused from participating in the debates with another presidential aspirant Yuliya Tymoshenko, his key competitor. Poroshenko explained his unwillingness by the fact that Ukraine "is in a state of war. All people emphasize that the country needs unity. If we start quarreling now, our rivals would benefit from it."

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