Wednesday, June 06, 2007

President issues early poll decree

Questions asked as to the legality of the latest decree

President of Ukraine, Viktor Yushencko, has issued his third-decree seeking to dismiss Ukraine' democratically elected parliament this time pursuant to Article 82 of Ukraine's Constitution.

In a statement issued by the President on June 5, 2007 the president has called for the holding of fresh elections on September 30 and he has charged the Central Election Committee to hold elections within 60 days.

Already there are questions as to the legality of the Presidents latest decree which on the surface of it most certainly does not appear to be in accordance with Ukraine's Constitution and is somewhat premature in its context.

See Dissecting Ukraine's President's Third Decree.

June 5, 2007

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

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.

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.