Kozulin asks Constitutional Court to examine legality of Lukashenko`s reelection bid 19:05, 27/02/2006
Presidential candidate Aleksandr Kozulin has petitioned the Constitutional Court to examine the legality of Aleksandr Lukashenko`s reelection bid. In his appeal to the court, the educator-turned-politician questions the constitutionality of the Belarusian leader`s edict, dated September 7, 2004, that called a controversial plebiscite on lifting the two-term limit on the presidency for the following month.
Dr. Kozulin asks the Constitutional Court to provide explanations as to whether a directive adopted by the House of Representatives on December 16, 2005 that set March 19 as the election date is legal, whether Mr. Lukashenko should take a vacation during his reelection campaign in accordance with Article 77 of the Electoral Code and who will serve as the head of state in the period between the vote and September 20 when Mr. Lukashenko`s second term expires if the incumbent Belarusian leader is defeated in the election.
The presidential candidate also asks the court whether it is ready to share the responsibility for unconstitutional steps by certain officials and government agencies in the event they lead to the escalation of the country`s constitutional, political and economic crises.
In addition, Dr. Kozulin has petitioned the Constitutional Court to explain the reasons why it has failed to perform the tasks and observe the principles declared by the Constitutional Court Law.