Next week the Justice Ministry of Ukraine will submit a draft bill on elections to the president Viktor Yanukovych, justice minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych told a briefing, ForUm's correspondent reported.

"If the president approves it, the bill will be submitted to the parliament," he said.

Lavrynovych informed that the working group had already discussed the recommendations of the Venice Commission, but some paragraphs still need consideration.

"There are three paragraphs, which cannot be taken into account, because they conflict with the Constitution of Ukraine," Lavrynovych said.

In particular, Venice Commission believes that the election system in Ukraine must be proportional and based on open lists. According to Lavrynovych, it is an internal matter of the country.

Besides, the minister informed that the Venice Commission recommends reducing the minimal term of inhabitancy on Ukraine's territory for parliamentary candidates. Lavrynovych explained that the corresponding norm is written in the Constitution and cannot be cancelled.

The minister also paid attention to the recommendation regarding previous convictions of a candidate. According to the Ukrainian legislation a candidate with previous convictions cannot be elected, while the Venice Commission notes that such conditions applied only for individuals, committed grave crimes.

Lavrynovych informed that the next plenary meeting of the working group would take place Tuesday for final consideration of Venice Commission's recommendations.

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