KIEV, August 13 (Itar-Tass) —— Monday is the last day when Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC) receives documents from parliamentary candidates nominated by political parties and self-nominees.
According to the latest data, ten political parties have already been registered and seven more have submitted their documents to the Central Elections Commission. The Commission will hold a meeting on registration issues at 17:00 Moscow time on Monday.
The parliamentary election campaign in Ukraine started on July 30. Registration of candidates ends on August 20. Elections will be held on October 28.
Elections to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, or parliament, are held under a mixed system. Half of lawmakers (225) are elected by party tickets and the rest 225 – in one-seat constituencies.
Under the election laws, a political party is to submit to the Central Election Commission an application for registration of its candidates, copies of the registration certificate and the charter, and a resolution on the party congress on the nomination of candidates. The documents should provide information about the nominees, including about their previous police records. It was reason why the Central Election Commission denied registration to united opposition leader Yulia Timoshenko and number 5 on the opposition party list Yuri Lutsenko, who are serving their sentences.
A similar procedure is applicable to self-nominees who are obliged to submit to the Central Election Commission property, incomes and expenses declaration and pay cash collateral of 13,200 hryvnas (about 1,600 U.S. dollars) to have his or her name be entered in ballot papers. Parties must pay a sum of 2,000 minimal wages, or 2.2 million hryvnas (more than 270,000 U.S. dollars).
To win seats in Verkhovna Rada, a party needs to overcome a five-percent barrier. In one-seat constituencies, a candidate needs to win a simple majority of votes to be elected to the parliament.