Thursday, August 30, 2007

Simultaneous early parliamentary and presidential elections possible after September Poll

The President’s advisor Stepan Havrysh does not rule out the possibility of holding simultaneous early parliamentary and presidential elections if the constitutional amendments preparation will not begin right after the September 30 elections.

“If we fail to hold a nationwide debate, draw the President, Parliament, political forces, government and the judiciary into it, we will face government uncontrollably,” he said at a Tuesday press-conference, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reports.

Mr. Havrysh claims that early parliamentary elections will not remove the confrontation between power branches that inevitably lead to a clash.

It is necessary to form a national constitutional council aimed at elaborating the new Constitution.

The council must consist of public representatives each representing 70,000 voters.

A draft Constitution must be prepared by specialists before brining it up for discussion.

In Mr. Havrysh’s opinion, a new draft Constitution may be approved at the end of 2008 or beginning of 2009.

It should stipulate a new system of parliamentary elections. Mr. Havrysh himself stands up for a two-chamber parliament.

After this it is desirable to call new early parliamentary elections on the basis of the new election system.

The President’s Secretariat is currently considering Mr. Havrysh’s proposal.

Source: Ukrayinska Pravda