People’s Deputy of the BPP and KMKSZ Brenzovich sued the Central Election Commission for not forming a Hungarian constituency

The subject of the appeal is the recognition, in the opinion of V. Brenzovich, of the unlawful inaction of the CEC and the alleged lack of compliance with its requirements to the requirements of legislation regarding the mandatory consideration of the interests of national minorities during the conduct of the elections.

This is the unwillingness of the CEC to create a Hungarian constituency in the Transcarpathian region before the next parliamentary elections.

Since the entry into force of the norms that provide for the formation of joint single-mandate constituencies in the territory of which representatives of individual national minorities live compactly, more than 20 amendments have been made to the CEC’s ruling. However, no amendments to the CEC resolution dated April 28, 2012 No. 82 did not concern the provision of the rights of national minorities in the Transcarpathian region, which, according to V. Brenzovych, indicates a biased attitude of officials of the CEC to the Hungarian minority, whose representatives reside in the territory of the province.

According to him, on March 1, 2019, he submitted a deputy appeal to the CEC, asking him to draft a resolution amending the CEC resolution dated April 28, 2012 No. 82 and approve it at a commission meeting. On March 11, 2019, the CEC refused to answer this question, given that the data provided by the Ministry of Culture are based on the All-Ukrainian Population Census of 2001 and do not reflect the real status of the quantitative representation of a particular national community.

Under these circumstances, a deputy from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Vasyl Brenzovych, the chairman of the NGO «Hungarian Culture Transcarpathian Society», disagrees.

Such inactivity of the CEC, according to Vasyl Brenzovych, is unlawful and must be settled through the court. According to him, the CEC is obliged to form a single-mandate constituency in its decision, taking into account the interests of the national minority (Hungarians) in the region.

In addition, according to Vasily Brenzovych, during the 2014 parliamentary elections, TUKZ also requested the CEC to create a separate constituency for Hungarians living in the same region, but the request was rejected, and most of the Hungarian population was divided into three electoral counties Moreover, the Berehove district, which has the largest share of the Hungarian minority, has been divided among several electoral districts in such a way that in neither of them the Hungarian minority was not the majority.

According to the People’s Deputy, the «TUKZ» NGO appealed several times to the CEC, but replied there that for various reasons they could not find out where the Hungarians live in Transcarpathia, and therefore can not form a separate Hungarian constituency. It was this refusal that became the reason for the present lawsuit. By the way, taking into account the position of the NGO «TUKZ», with similar requirements to the Central Election Commission, the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration also turned to it.

As previously informed Transcarpathia online, a year ago, then representative of Budapest in Ukraine, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Ukraine Erno Keshken in an interview with UNN did not see anything bad in the autonomy for the Hungarians and mentioned the referendum for «autonomy» for Transcarpathia.

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