Tuesday, June 05, 2007

President Issues Early Poll Decree

President Victor Yushchenko on Tuesday issued a decree to hold early parliamentary elections on September 30, 2007.

Source: President.gov.ua

Based on last week’s decision by the pro-presidential party, Our Ukraine, and Yulia Tymoshenko’s bloc to give up their seats in parliament, the decree is in line with the May 27 Joint Statement by President Yushchenko, Prime Minister Yanukovych and Speaker Moroz as well as Ukraine’s constitution and the October 17/2002 ruling by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

The Central Election Commission has to organize the snap poll within sixty days and the cabinet of ministers has to finance it.

[Note: The Decree calling for fresh elections on September 30 to be held within 60 days would need to be signed on or after August 2, 2007 in theory 151 or more members of Parliament would also need to tender their resignation 30 days the president can issue a decree pursuant to Article 90 section 3 of Ukraine's Constitution]

The decree was officially published in The Gazette of the President of Ukraine (issue no. 14) on June 5.

The president also signed a decree to rescind his April 26 Verkhovna Rada dissolution decree as well as his decrees issued on May 29, May 31, and June 1.