Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Early Elections for May 27 cancelled by Court ruling

Ukraine's top administrative court says no elections May 27 15:35

Source: RIAN News Service

KIEV, April 25 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's Supreme Administrative Court has banned holding early parliamentary elections May 27 amid the ongoing political turmoil in the former Soviet country, the justice minister said Wednesday.

Update: ITAR-TASS - Court issues statement of clarification

KIEV, April 25 (Itar-Tass) -- Ukraine’s Higher Administrative Court has called into question the timeline for early parliamentary elections, scheduled for May 27, but has not banned them.

“The Higher Administrative Court has issued a separate ruling in respect to this case, which noted the obvious fact of inaction on the part of the Central Election Commission in terms of violating the timescale and the procedure for forming territorial election commissions, which calls into doubt the holding of early parliamentary elections within the period determined by the presidential decree,” the court’s press service said on Wednesday.

Early elections came into the spotlight after President Viktor Yushchenko signed a decree to dissolve parliament and set snap elections for May 27, following the defection of 11 opposition members to the ruling coalition in parliament, the Supreme Rada.

"There can be no elections May 27," Oleksandr Lavrynovych said, adding that the court ruling could not be appealed.

While the Constitutional Court of Ukraine continues to review the presidential decree, members of the ruling coalition, the opposition, the Cabinet and the president's secretariat have gathered for political consultations on early parliamentary elections.

The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych has vehemently opposed fresh elections and refused to obey the presidential decree until the Constitutional Court announces its ruling expected by April 27.