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EU Urges Ukraine To Frame Election Code

The European Union has reiterated the need for taking early steps to improve Ukraine's electoral legislation as recommended by the OSCE/ODIHR final report of January 3, 2013, by giving consideration to an Election Code.

Spokesperson for EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and European Enlargement & Neighborhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle made the call on Tuesday in the wake of the political developments in Ukraine.

"High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle are looking forward to the full implementation of the conclusions of the 25 February 2013 EU-Ukraine Summit, following closely the political developments in Ukraine. They are deeply concerned by recent legal proceedings leading to possible annulment of parliamentary mandates of two members of the Parliament on contested legal grounds. They also pay particular attention to the situation related to the case of MP Serhiy Vlasenko in the light of a recent petition to the High Administrative Court to possibly revoke his parliamentary mandate," they said in a joint statement.

Fule and Ashton called on the Ukrainian authorities to address this situation so as to avoid creating any perception of misuse of the judiciary for political purposes. They recalled their strong view that the final composition of the Ukrainian Parliament must reflect the genuine will of the Ukrainian voters.

The Law on the Election of People's Deputies establishes a clear, five-day time framework for the results of the elections to be challenged before the courts. Legal proceedings which come months after the confirmation of the final election results raise political and legal concerns, EU noted.

by RTT Staff Writer

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