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Article 188
 

Refusal of Political Party, Block of Political Parties to Participate in Presidential Elections.

188.1   Refusal of a political party, block of political parties participating in the Presidential Elections cannot be basis for refusal of candidacy status of the candidates for Presidency or of cancellation of registration of the candidates for Presidency.

188.2   A political party, which is included in the block of political parties, can refuse to participate in the elections as a member of this block of political parties, due to the decision of authorized body of the relevant political party by submitting an application to the Central Election Commission any time at least 10 days prior to election day.

188.3   A political party, which refuses to participate in elections as a member of a block of political parties, can act as an independent political party or can join other block of political parties in conformity with the rules established by this Code.

188.4   If all political parties (except one) included in the block of political parties refuse to participate in the elections after the candidate for Presidency nominated by the abovementioned block of political parties has been registered by the Central Election Commission, the remaining political party can participate in the elections as a block of political parties keeping name and symbols of the block of political parties. This shall not serve as a ground for refusal of registration of candidates for Presidency or cancellation of registration. 

188.5   The refusal of a block of political parties to participate in elections shall not deprive political parties included in the block of rights to participate in elections. In such cases it shall be required to re-nominate a candidate for Presidency and to implement other necessary election actions in conformity with this Code.