KIEV, Ukraine – The Central Election Commission of Ukraine decided to cancel the elections of deputies of local councils and mayors of cities planned for December 23rd in 10 regions of the country where martial law was imposed.
This was reported by the Ukrainian media, and confirmed by FRN. As we have covered, numerous critics and analysts have concluded that one of the aims of Poroshenko’s drive for martial law was precisely to prevent electoral processes from taking place. Analyst Sergey Mirkin also wrote in an op-ed published by FRN in recent days, that even while the martial law is limited to 30 days, Poroshenko has nevertheless strategically set the stage to seize dictatorial powers in the future.
“The Central Election Commission decided to draw the attention of subjects and other participants in the electoral process to local elections, which are held in Vinnitsa, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Luhansk, Nikolaev, Odessa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Chernihiv regions, in which martial law is introduced, to strict compliance with the first article 19 of the law of Ukraine “On the legal regime of martial law” regarding the prohibition of elections, “- stated the position of the decision of the Deputy Chairman of the CEC, Konopolsky.
According to the decree, the question of the appointment of local elections in these ten regions will be decided by the subjects of their appointment in a legislatively defined order after the termination or cancellation of martial law.
As specified by the CEC Chairman, Tatiana Slipachuk, they are enforcing a ban on about 45 primary and 7 by-elections in the newly created OTG, scheduled for December 23rd, as well as 9 mid-term local elections, which were to be held on December 9th and 16th. Under the provisions of martial law, these elections are hereby suspended and if they take place, will take place sometime after the period of martial law is over.