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10 Things To Know 10 Days Before The Elections
March 21, 2019
The first round of Ukraine’s presidential elections will take place in 10 days time. We have prepared a “survival guide” for you: here are 10 key things to know facing the first round.
, a Ukrainian comedian,
leads in all
with a lead of 5 to 10 percentage points. Yulia
, the head of the Batkivshchyna party, and Petro
, the current President, are fighting for second place. The ratings of the
have been consistent
since the beginning of 2019.
offers a new type of populism
. He hardly promises anything, but instead shows how "cool" he is. At the same time, he is
allegedly controlled by Ihor Kolomoyskyi
, a Ukrainian oligarch, which limits his room for manoeuvre.
As in every functional democratic election,
the final result is unpredictable
. The behavior of the teams of the key candidatesshows that they are not sure who will win. For the first time since 2004,
it is not even clear who will make it to the second round
The pluralism of the candidates running
ensures checks and balances
. If someone wants to rig the results or buy votes, other candidates will shine the light on this. Thus, messages about the "falsification" or "buying" of votes are media fakes aimed to put the blame on opponents or to de-legitimize the election as a whole.
historically play a huge role in Ukrainian elections. They are meant to
draw voters from their opponents
while ensuring better positions of major candidates in local election commissions.
The largest number of
registered for 2019 elections since Ukraine gained independence —
4 out of 44
none of them
call for gender equality are fighting sexism.
All top-3 candidates
support Ukraine's NATO integration
. At the same time, there is
no dramatic split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces,
which used to define Ukraine's elections in the 1990s and 2000s.
Ukraine is a
mixed republic leaning to
. Thus, the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in October 2019 will be
even more important
, as the President of Ukraine cannot do much without the support of Parliament.
All the major candidates have their own political parties.
Russia tries to
influence Ukrainian elections
by setting up and supporting
especially TV channels, to put across an anti-Western agenda and create a general image that the vote will be rigged. These moves are part of Russia's information war against Ukraine and the West.
Ukrainian elections are quite important in both the global and European context. On the one hand, there is the question as to
whether Ukraine will be able to continue its pro-Western reforms
when other countries f the Eastern Partnership (Moldova, Georgia) are rolling them back. On the other hand, Ukraine is
surrounded by autocracies
(Russia, Turkey, Belarus) and
countries where conservative or pro-Russian rollback
(Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic). The elections will also define whether
the general consensus with regard to Donbas, Russia
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