Ukraine, which held a presidential election on Sunday, March 31, 2019, will return to the polls for a presidential runoff vote on Sunday, April 21, 2019. Political developments from 1991 to 2010 are reviewed in Ukraine holds an early parliamentary election and Ukraine's 2010 presidential election: another power struggle to follow?, both published on Global Economy Matters.
As was the case with the presidential and parliamentary elections held in 2014, the 2019 presidential election in Ukraine did not take place in the Crimean peninsula, which in March 2014 was occcupied by and subsequently annexed to Russia. In addition, sizable portions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine remain controlled by pro-Russian separatists, who once more sought to prevent the election from being held in those regions.
Nationwide, regional- and (for 2004, 2010 and 2014 presidential vote only) district-level results are available here for the following presidential and legislative elections:
The election statistics presented in this space - which for the 2004, 2010, 2014 and 2019 presidential elections now include the special district (No. 226) set aside for Ukrainians abroad - come from results published by Ukraine's Central Election Commission, which has has detailed 2019 presidential election results available in Ukrainian.
As in 2012, the 2014 legislative election was held under an electoral system in which half the Supreme Council's seats were filled in single-member districts, and the other half by proportional representation (PR) - unlike in 2006 and 2007, when all the members of the Supreme Council were chosen by PR. It must also be noted that a report issued on January 2013 by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR) - which deployed an Election Observation Mission for the 2012 Supreme Council election - concluded that event was characterized by the lack of a level playing field, further noting that the election was marked by the abuse of state resources, lack of transparency of campaign and party financing and the lack of balanced media coverage.
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