Convicted persons have the right to run for president of Ukraine, as Ukraine's Constitution does not prohibit this, deputy chairman of the Central Election Commission Andriy Mahera said in interview.
"If we look through the Article 103 of the Constitution, which deals with the criteria relating to candidate for president of Ukraine, there is no such requirement as a lack of conviction of a crime," he explained.

"It’s difficult to say whether this is an oversight of MPs, who passed the Constitution, or that was done intentionally. In any case, members of the CEC, in my opinion, should proceed from the letter of the Constitution," Mahera said.

At the same time, speaking of the election of people's deputies of Ukraine, he noted that the Article 76 of the Constitution clearly stipulates that a Ukrainian citizen, who has been convicted of committing an intentional crime, cannot run for deputy if his record is not withdrawn in accordance with the law.

"This means that such a law is impossible to be passed at the level of Parliament to, as the ordinary law cannot contradict the Constitution," Mahera noted.


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