Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn forecasts that the draft bills on elections from the opposition will not find support among the majority, and that the presidential draft bill on elections will be considered after official conclusions of the Venice Commission.

"15 draft bills on elections have been registered at the parliament so far. They include two electoral codes, two integral laws, and the bills on amendments to the law on elections of the People's Deputies of Ukraine," Lytvyn said at a briefing after a meeting of conciliatory board, ForUm's correspondnet reports.

The speaker noted that according to the regulations, the registered draft bills will be considered first; then goes the draft bill developed by the working group. "Today we will not consider the presidential draft bill on elections," Lytvyn said.

Speaking about the presidential draft bill the speaker said he would prefer such documents to be presented by MPs in order not to involve the president into parliamentary infighting. "You know that the president will insist on transparent consideration. You also know that none of the submitted draft bills on elections will ever get support of all deputies. Hence, the president will find himself involved into parliamentary internal squabbles," Lytvyn said.

He also noted that elections in Ukraine are more than just elections, and the results will be closely observed by the European community. "We have preliminary comments of the Venice Commission, and some of them contradict the Constitution of Ukraine. You understand that nobody is going to change Constitution for elections. Moreover, there cannot be any time frame for consideration of election legislation. We should follow the principle 'make haste slowly'. But this law must be adopted this year, to make the rules of the game clear for everyone," Lytvyn explained.

In response to the question on draft bills from the opposition, the speaker said that these draft bills will hardly find support. "The oppositional draft bills on elections will be also considered, but I doubt that any of them will be adopted as basis," Lytvyn said in a comment.

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