Serious doubts over court cancellation of two election results + MPs’ mandates
The ruling by Ukraine’s High Administrative Court on 8 February which cancelled – as inaccurate - the election results in two single-mandate electoral districts has caused concern and aroused serious criticism.
The ruling cancelled the results in District No. 11 in Vinnytsa and 71 in the Transcarpathian oblast, with Oleksandr Dombrovsky and Pavlo Baloha losing the seats they won.
The opposition have called the move reprisals against MPs who do not ally themselves with the Party of the Regions. The two candidates say that the ruling is unconstitutional.
The Deputy Chair of the Central Election Commission, Andriy Mahera agrees. He has told journalists that he believes the High Council of Justice should consider the actions of the judges from the High Administrative Court. He says that he has serious doubts as to its constitutionality.
Mr Mahera told Ukrainsky Tyzhden that the High Administrative Court had a curious phrase about obliging the CEC to take measures to organize a repeat election. He points out that there are only three grounds for doing this: if the person elected, withdraws; if not one candidate was registered in a single-mandate electoral district; if there was one candidate registered, who gained less than half the votes possible. “There are no fourth grounds, and therefore no grounds for the court’s ruling”.
From reports in the media citing Interfax Ukraine and Ukrainsky Tyzhden