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The Central Election Commission of Ukraine applied to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine with the request to explain the concept of residence in Ukraine regarding the candidate for President and candidate for people’s deputy.
In particular, the CEC requested to explain Part 2 of Art .76 and Part 2 of Art .103 of the Constitution of Ukraine, according to which a people's deputy of Ukraine shall be a citizen of Ukraine who has attained the age of twenty-one on the day of elections, has the right to vote, and has resided on the territory of Ukraine for the past five years, and the President of Ukraine – a citizen of Ukraine who has attained the age of thirty-five, has the right to vote, has resided in Ukraine for the past ten years prior to the day of elections, and has command of the state language, The CEC also asked to define the concept of residence in Ukraine, stipulated in the Constitution
CEC asks the Constitutional Court to clarify the requirement of residence in Ukraine, which addresses the need for a Ukrainian citizen to reside in a certain area for a certain period of time or live most days during five years.
As reported, October 24, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on Amendments to the Tax Code with respect to accounting and registration of taxpayers. This document, in particular, stipulates that persons, who have residence permit of another country, are not residents of Ukraine.
Thus, the leader of the "UDAR" Party Vitali Klitschko is actually deprived of the right to participate in the presidential campaign in 2015.