Russia may build new fast fission nuclear reactor within 10 yearsScience & Space June 27, 9:25
Moscow theater to present Il Trovatore with audio description for visually impairedSociety & Culture June 27, 9:04
Lavrov, Tillerson discuss Syrian crisisRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 27, 8:50
Sistema reports arrest of its stakes in MTS, Medsi, BES as part of dispute with RosneftBusiness & Economy June 26, 20:58
Russian submarine successfully test-fires Bulava intercontinental missileMilitary & Defense June 26, 19:20
Rosneft and RBC reach friendly settlement on defamation lawsuitBusiness & Economy June 26, 18:50
Number of centers issuing FAN IDs to be increased ahead of FIFA Confederations Cup FinalSport June 26, 18:33
News about anti-doping probe against Russian football team players is fake — executiveSport June 26, 18:25
Putin refers to State Duma Council of Europe convention against financing terrorismRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 26, 18:15
KIEV, November 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) on Thursday has passed a European integration bill on the election legislation. A total of 365 lawmakers voted for this document. The bill was passed without discussion.
The bill’s author, MP Dmitry Shpenov representing the Party of Regions said that the bill’s new version provided, among other things, for the registration of the majority candidates exclusively by the Central Election Commission (CEC). It is also prohibited to change the borders of constituencies during the election process, which was allowed at previous elections. “The CEC, no later than 175 days from the voting day shall publish on its official website a list of single-mandate constituencies, specifying their numbers, as well as the addresses of the premises of the related election commissions,” Shpenov said. “The procedure of “invalidation” of vote at polling stations is preserved in the current version of the bill,” he noted.
The Verkhovna Rada also intended to consider on Thursday in the second reading a bill on the prosecutor’s office and four bills on the issue of convicted former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko.
Leader of the opposition faction Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Arseny Yatsenyuk said from the parliament rostrum that Timoshenko had called on the MPs to vote for all the European integration bills. “Yulia Vladimirovna also urged the faction to support any bill on the convicts’ medical treatment without discussion, for the sake of signing an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU,” Yatsenyuk said.
The heads of the European Parliament’s monitoring mission, Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski, were present in the Rada meeting hall. The European Parliament representatives have twice attended the Rada meetings this month.