The representatives of European Commission are disappointed over the Ukraine’s Central Election Commission’s decision not to allow opposition candidates Julia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko to run in the upcoming parliamentary election which will take place this autumn. Both of them are on trial and received prison terms, and the Election Commission refused to register their candidacies for the election.
Peter Stano, the official spokesperson of European Commissioner responsible for enlargement and European neighboring policy, Štefan Fülle, stated that EU is deeply disappointed with the current events on Ukrainian political arena, but that such a decision is unfortunately the logic consequence of the defects of judicial process and lack of transparency. EU has already stressed its deep concern over the situation in Ukraine regarding the politicized trials of opposition leaders.
The representative of European Commission called on Ukraine to respect the supremacy of the law and the independence of judiciary. More decisive steps in attempt to restore the political stability and democracy are also required if Ukraine is willing to be a part of European community. EU stressed before that the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine has to be democratic and fair, and they will be followed attentively by European representatives.