Ban to run for office to persons convicted to deprivation of liberty for committing grave and especially grave crimes, does not violate the rights of citizens. On Wednesday, November 15, reported the press service of the constitutional court, reports TASS.
“Legal democracy needs to be effective legal mechanisms to guard against abuses and criminalization of public authority, whose legitimacy is largely based on trust of the society”, — emphasized in the COP.
In addition, courts assume that the legislature has the right “to set increased requirements to the reputation of persons holding public office”. This will avoid doubts at voters in the moral-ethical qualities of the candidates.
Earlier, the constitutional court addressed the candidate in deputies of the representative body of a municipal entity, whose registration has been cancelled by a court decision in connection with the absence of his passive electoral rights. The Complainant, who was the head of the municipality, in 2008 was found guilty of committing crimes under articles “receiving a bribe” and “fraud”, and a year later was released from further punishment. The conviction was removed.
Under current law, to participate in the elections is prohibited for 10 years after the maturity of convictions for serious crimes and 15 years for serious crimes.
In February 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed amendments that lifted a life ban on participation in elections for prisoners.