WorldNo Voting on Ukraine’s Election Day – for now, anyway

No Voting on Ukraine’s Election Day – for now, anyway

Today, it would be very important for Ukraine to be in a parallel world because people would go to the polls. In Ukraine, people would give their opinion on President Volodymyr Zelensky’s mandate during an international wave of democratic participation.

Zelensky became president 5 years ago after being an internationally recognized individual in entertainment. However, the ongoing presence of the Russian military and the forced displacement of a huge number of Ukrainians have put off any elections for an unlimited time.

Zelensky will continue power as no voting took place in Ukraine

Some members of the U.S. Republican Party say that the fact that Zelensky’s term as president ends in May is a reason not to send military aid.

However, the leader of Ukraine has recently ruled out the idea of elections, saying that they would not work in the present situation.

While the Constitution says that elections can happen today, it also says they can’t occur during martial law. However, the law could be briefly lifted so that people can vote.

It’s cold in Kyiv on this Friday afternoon at Maidan Square. Clouds are covering the sky, and it looks like hail will fall soon.

A big protest took place in Maidan Square ten years ago. It is in the middle of the city. People in Ukraine called this protest the “Revolution of Dignity.” It led to Ukraine working closely with Europe and the US instead of Russia.

21-year-old student MykolaLyapin is taking a short break to smoke before it starts to rain. He would have voted for President Zelensky five years ago if he could see himself doing so. Aside from that, he’s ready to vote for him again and thinks the president will do well after he leaves office.

In the meantime, psychologist KaterynaBilokon is relaxed in a café inside a bookstore and is happy with Zelensky’s leadership. She is against holding an election now because it would cost a lot of funds, and she doesn’t see any worthy options for Zelensky’s current leadership.

Zelensky Believes That It’s Not TheRight Time

Though some are interested in holding elections, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is still strongly against them, even though the country is at war. A recent poll by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology found that only 15% of Ukrainians are in favor.

Zelensky seemed open to elections as an important part of democracy last year, even during conflict. But since then, he has become more firm, saying that stopping Russian bullying is more important than the election process.

Oleksiy Koshel, a political expert, says Zelensky’s initial openness may have been because he had a lot of support, which has since dropped, which caused the Ukrainian government to change its mind. International politics have also had an impact on the discussion of elections.

Some Republicans have said bad things about Ukraine’s leaders because the U.S. Congress is hesitant to give more military help.

Vivek Ramaswamy, a presidential candidate, said that Ukraine was using the fear of canceled elections to get more money from the U.S.

Even though Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina strongly supports giving money to Ukraine, he also took a clear stand. At a press conference in Kyiv last year, he said, “I want to see this country have free and fair elections, even though it is under attack.” People in the US need to know that Ukraine is not like other places. People used to steal a lot in this country.

However, during a recent trip to Ukraine, he agreed with most people there that ending the conflict should come before any election attempts. RuslanStefanchuk, Speaker of Ukraine’s Parliament, has said the same thing.

He has also pointed out how hard it is to make sure that all eligible voters can join, especially since millions of people have been forced to leave their homes because of the war and others live in areas controlled by Russia.

Ukrainian troops on the front lines are also involved in the elections, which add to the difficulties. Despite these problems, the Ukrainian government says that now is not the right time for elections, and both national and international observers seem to agree.

Election Concerns During Conflict

Vladimir Zelensky’s “Servant of the People” party helped elect Ruslan Stefanchuk as Speaker of Ukraine’s Parliament said that:

Is it fair to keep troops from voting while they are risking their lives for their country’s independence? He speaks for the government and believes it would be unfair to keep them from voting.

Military Concerns Amid Election Discussions

CNN recently talked to several service members, mostly those stationed on the eastern frontlines. Most agreed that having elections at this time would not be smart. People are worried not because they think soldiers won’t be able to vote but because an election could make things less stable at a time when things are already very unstable.

The soldiers know that the ongoing battle could last for years, which could mean that elections are needed at some point. But the problems with security right now make the thought of elections useless and even dangerous.

No elections in Ukraine this year
Oleksandr Voitko. Source: CNN.

A drone unit operator, OleksandrVoitko, shared that many others in the military are concerned about what might happen if elections are held while the war is still going on. Others are worried that a change of power could cause a “power vacuum,” making it hard for the troops and the government to do their jobs.

Another soldier who worked with the 47th Brigade near Avdiivka and wanted to stay nameless agreed.

“I am sure that choosing a new leader for the country would make us weaker for a while.” Everyone will want to pick their own people, so it will take time for jobs and tasks to be moved around and people to be replaced. We do not have that much time. “Things could go very badly at that point,” the soldier told CNN.

Despite these worries, President Zelensky still has a high approval rate; 64% of Ukrainians trust him to lead the country.

War’s Impact on Ukraine’s Border Communities and Political Trust

As the third year of the war begins, Oleksiy Koshel, a supporter of voting rights, notices a change in how people feel. There is a growing opinion that military leaders like ValeriiZaluzhnyi, commander-in-chief, could have an overwhelmingly successful election once the polls open again.

Conversations in Kyiv show that people want politicians to be held responsible for how they handled the attack right away. One investor, whose family had fled to Italy, said that the president was wrong to ignore earlier warnings about Russia. He was sad about the loss of culture because his children, like many others, are growing up speaking languages other than Ukrainian because the war forced them to move.

Nathan Enzo
Nathan Enzo
A professional writer since 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, Nathan Enzo ran the creative writing department for the major News Channels until 2018. He then worked as a Senior content writer with, including national newspapers, magazines, and online work. He specializes in media studies and social communications.


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