The Central Committee does not recognize OPZZ’s representatives as people’s representatives

“The commission did not recognize OPZZ representatives as elected people’s representatives. It also deferred consideration of the issue of appointment of by-elections of people’s representatives in two districts,” the message said.

It is noted that the Commission received resolutions of the Verkhovna Rada on early termination of the powers of People’s Representatives Oleksandr Drukin and Yuri Zolot (individual reports on the termination of their parliamentary powers) elected in special elections on July 21, 2019. Regional district number 40 (Dnipropetrovsk region) and number 47 (Donetsk region).

As explained in the CEC, they should have called by-elections, but during the martial law in Ukraine, this is prohibited. Hence the Commission will consider the matter after the suspension / repeal of Martial Law.

The CEC also received resolutions of the Verkhovna Rada preemptively terminating the powers of People’s Deputies Natalia Korolevska and Oleg Voloshin.

According to the procedure, the replacement should be done, that is, the next candidates from the OPZZ should be approved by the elected representatives of the people.

However, the commission recognized that the banning of OPZZ by a court decision was a situation where the CEC could not make a decision on recognizing the next candidates on the party’s electoral list as elected representatives of the people in special elections. July 21, 2019, according to the Law “Elections of People’s Representatives of Ukraine”.

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