The Communist Party of Ukraine has issued a statement denouncing the refusal of the Central Election Commission to register the Party's leader, Petro Symonenko, as a candidate for the March 31st presidential elections:
The non-admission to the presidential election of the candidate of the Communist Party that is officially registered by the Ministry of Justice and regularly submits tax reports is a purely political action based on anti-constitutional laws on “de-communization” adopted by the ruling regime o oligarch-Nazis after the February 2014 armed coup.
Recall that at the moment the so-called law on “decommunization”, criticized by the Venice Commission, is under consideration by the Constitutional Court.
Denial in the registration of a candidate from the Communist Party of Ukraine is a gross violation of human rights and freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the relevant European Convention. This is an illegal and unconstitutional violation in the political rights of millions of our citizens who share our views, profess the principles of socialism - the principles of freedom, equality and fraternity.
The goals pursued by the ruling junta prohibiting the Communist Party to nominate its candidate for the presidential elections are obvious. We, the Communists, did not abandon the name of our party, did not abandon the symbols, did not betray our ideology.
We are the only party that offers an alternative to predatory capitalism, a course for the development of Ukraine. We propose the course of socialism, where power belongs to the working people, and not to oligarchs, where glorification and praise of Nazism and fascism is a crime against humanity, where the country's economy works for peace and creation, and not for the militarization and war.